New Castle News

August 20, 2012

Photo Gallery, Story: Grand champion animals selected

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The top-showing animals at the Lawrence County Fair and the youths who raised them were honored with banners and ribbons.

Buyers at the Lawrence County Junior Livestock Sale Saturday paid for those winners as a way to support local 4-H and FFA youths and their endeavors.


The grand champion steer was shown by Jocelyn Kelly of Wampum, a Limousin cross weighing 1,269 pounds.

She also showed the supreme champion female beef cow this year.

She is a daughter of Erin and Tom Kelly of Chewton.

Kelly, 19, is a member of the 4-H Baby Beef Club and the Runnin’ Rebels horse club. As a 12-year member of 4-H, she was honored with the Junior Livestock Award at Saturday’s sale.


The grand champion market hog was shown by Scott Snyder of Volant. His 339-pound Yorkshire was the first animal sold and it brought $8 per pound. It also was the champion light-heavyweight animal at the fair.

Snyder credits help from his brother Wyatt for his success.

Snyder, 15, is a son of Scott and Tish Snyder and a sophomore at Wilmington High School.

He has been a member of Wilmington’s FFA for three years.


The exhibitor of the grand champion market lamb is getting used to winning. This year, Abbey Benninghoff 20, of Bessemer showed her fourth grand champion lamb.

This is her last year in 4-H, and she is a member of the Mohawk FFA. She is a former member of the Animal House 4-H Club.

Benninghoff is a junior at the University of Mount Union, majoring in history, Spanish and education.

She is a daughter of Judy Howard and Eric Bennighoff.


Dylan Martin showed the top market goat, a Boer cross, in this year’s junior show at the Lawrence County Fair.

His goat also won a blue ribbon for having the fastest rate of gain. The animal was bred by Dutch View Farms of Volant and weighed 77 pounds.

Martin, 19, has been a member of the Wilmington FFA for seven years. His parents are Amy and Todd Martin of Volant.

A sophomore at Penn Sate University, he is majoring in animal science.


It was an exciting week at the fair for 10-year-old Shawn Mitchell, who walked away with the banner for the grand champion meat pen of rabbits. His three New Zealand White rabbits sold at the Junior Livestock Auction Saturday.

The son of Sarah and Daryl Mitchell of Edinburg has been a member of the 4-H Blue Ribbon Rabbit Club for two years. He is a fifth-grader at Union.


Show rabbits don’t normally win just for being cute, but that was an added plus for the hare owned by 12-year-old Kylie Bright.

Her 5-month-old brown Holland lop won the grand champion prize in the rabbit competition. It was bred by Phoenix Hollands.

Bright is in her first year as a member of the 4-H Blue Ribbon Rabbit Club. Her parents are Steven and Jennifer Bright of North Beaver Township.

She will be in seventh grade at Mohawk.