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Lawrence County Fair

August 16, 2012

Video, Photo Gallery: Cows, calves in fair’s spotlight

NEW CASTLE — (Video screen appears below the story.) You wouldn’t expect to see a calf dressed as a soldier or a superhero.

But calves in all sorts of get-ups — as well as costumed toddlers and children and young women in high heels — traipsed through the sawdust in the livestock show arena at the Lawrence County Fair last night to promote dairy products.

The results of months of hard work by 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth were on display with auctions of cheese and dairy feeder calves.

All were part of the 25th Annual 4-H and Future Farmers of America Cheese Auction, Inaugural Dairy Feeder Calf Auction and Dairy Delight Night.

During the cheese auction, 4-H and FFA members exhibited their cheese production cows while an associate paraded with a basket of the cheeses, crackers and a sparkling beverage.

Cheese competition winners included Andrew Liggett for champion cheese yield at 8.61 pounds; Liggett and Rhonda Mitcheltree for highest butterfat at 5.5 grams each; and Cara Trotter for reserve champion cheese yield with 8.39 pounds per day.

Liggett’s cheese sold for $350, Mitcheltree’s for $400 and Trotter’s for $425.

Winners of the Dairy Feeder Competition incuded Bethany Trotter with a 628-pound Grand Champion Dairy Feeder, which sold for $820.

Corbin Rohrmann was Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Feeder with a 642-pound calf that was not sold.

Three $100 scholarships were awarded to Andrew Liggett and Abby Trotter, both of Enon Valley, and Kristin Wilson of Volant.

Chloe Sturgeon of Fombell was presented with the Spirit Award.

It was the 25th anniversary of the event and plaques for 25 years of service were presented to the following:

Cliff and Janet Wallas, Jeff McKissick, Dairy Farmers of America, New Wilmington, the Fair Board, the former Busser Cheese of Enon Valley, Beth Hillmar, Wayne Patterson and Don Braham.

The event also included a calf dress-up contest won by the Sturgeon family of Fombell and the Harman family of Mount Jackson.

The Sturgeons took first place with a calf and family members dressed as Smurfs while the Harman family of Mount Jackson won with a tooth fairy theme.

Other calf dress-up themes were military, Olympics, superheroes, poolside, banana split and s’mores.

The event concluded with auction of a giant ice cream sundae which drew a winning bid of $300 from Richard Martin Trucking of Volant and Robert Dickinson of Slippery Rock.

The Dairy Princess, Dairy Maids, Dairy Misses and alternates then made a huge ice cream sundae which they dished out free to fairgoers.



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