Mustangs start 2021 Fair with a win

Mallory Lloyd – Mustangs Ahead

The LRHS FFA will show off the chapter heifer “Linda” at the 2021 Manatee County Fair.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Manatee County Fair begins on Thursday, Jan. 14 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 24 at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto, FL.

LRHS FFA members will be active throughout the duration of the fair by showing off their work in areas such as beef breeding, steers, swine, dairy heifers, goats, poultry, rabbits, and plants.

Chapter Heifer, “Linda”, won first place in her class Monday night.

“This is a huge win for us as Linda is a Florida-bred calf right here in our county. She will be back in the show ring tonight for Showmanship, so please wish Madison Hartwig well and congrats for a great show last night. ,” said LRHS agricultural teacher McKenzie Farah.

FFA president sophomore Madison Hartwig said, “I think I speak for a lot of Lakewood Ranch FFA exhibitors and other fair exhibitors as well, when I say that county fair is one of my favorite times of the year.”

All proceeds earned from these projects will directly benefit the agriculture and FFA program here at the Ranch.

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Sophomore Caydence Gorny is showing the chapter Hampshire barrow pig at 225 pounds.

The sale date for the pig is Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. in the Mosaic Arena at the fairgrounds.

The chapter plants are being shown by junior Morgan McGinnis and will be sold directly after the pig.

The chapter steer will be shown by sophomore Ryann Hilyer. The steer is a Charolais Cross baldie steer and will be sold on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Mosaic arena at the fairgrounds.

“The Manatee county fair board is an amazing opportunity for me and other like me and we are so grateful for this opportunity year after year (regardless of obstacles such as COVID-19),” continued Hartwig.