LRHS FFA reflects on county fair success

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Mallory Lloyd – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Manatee County Fair began on Thursday, Jan. 14 and ended Sunday, Jan. 24.  Several LRHS FFA members placed in showing various animals and plants.

The fair was held at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto.

Junior Hannah Yancey was the Reserve Champion in beef breeding for a cow/calf pair.

In the Dairy category, Senior Saige Frietag was the Holstein Breed Champion, senior Madyson Flores was the third place Senior Showman, and junior Madison Hartwig was the first place Senior Showman.

The chapter steer, “Bill”, weighed in at 1290 lbs. and was sold for $6 a pound. The chapter pig, “Bow” weighed in at 269 lbs. and was sold for $9 a pound. The chapter plant sold for $475.

FFA president Hartwig said, “It was nice to watch my hard work pay off with my animals, especially after months and years of gaining new experience to build upon.”

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In the Swine category, sophomore Savannah Cannon was the Reserve Champion Senior Showman and Marissa Mahoney was the Reserve Grand Champion, Grand Champion Senior Showman, and Supreme Showman.

In the Poultry category, senior Abigail Lillibridge was the third place Senior Showman and had the best-bred African goose. Junior Emily Duthie won Best of Breed and Best of Class.

Laillibridge also won the Reserve Grand Champion for the Nigerian Dwarf Goats.

The animal agriculture advocacy committee, chaired by Hartwig and co-chaired by junior Madeline Fields and Lillibridge, created a fair booth for the county fair to educate the public fair goers about agriculture.

Various FFA members worked two to three hour shifts at the booths, including handing out flyers to people passing by.

The committee mainly focused on livestock at the fair.

“Every year, the fair is a great opportunity to watch myself and my friends grow as showman and agriculture advocates. It was a great year full of excitement and dedication,” said Hartwig.