The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Midd-West Region

August 2, 2013

Local fairgrounds played host to 4-H and FFA dairy show

BEAVER SPRINGS — On July 24, over 30 4-H and FFA exhibitors from Juniata, Perry, Snyder, Columbia, Montour, and Union counties participated in the East Central District Dairy Show. This annual event took place at the Beaver Community Fair Grounds in Beaver Springs.  

Participants brought more than 60 Holsteins, Red and Whites, Aryshires, Guernseys, and Jerseys to show to numerous parents and bystanders while trying to qualify for the PA State Junior Dairy Show.  

Grand Champion animals were as follows: Red and White Champion Mabarbil Advn Catch Hit-Red was shown by Ashley Wetzel, of Middleburg; Aryshire Champion Waites Motown Zella was exhibited by Travis Waite, of Middleburg; Jacob Shaffer, of Middleburg, exhibited Holstein Champion Eye-Like Colby Hemi; Jersy Champion, Edn-Ru Jamacia Prissys Lizzy was exhibited by Sawyer Whitenight, of Stillwater; Brown Swiss Champion Nutmeg Acres Pres Connie ET was exhibited by Travis Waite; Katherine Dent, of Berwick exhibited Guerney Champion Beuna Vista Lonestar Delight.    

Emily Yeiser, of Harrisburg, who is the Dairy Initiatives Manager for the Center of Dairy Excellence, judged the cows for type. Matt Puskas, of Middlebush Farms in Somerset, N.J., was the judge for showmanship.

The 2012 and 2013 dairy royalty handed out the awards and ribbons to the winning 4-H’ers. Those who were present at the show were the 2012 Beaver Fair Queen, Jeannette Blank; 2013 Columbia/Luzerne County Dairy Princess, Laura Holtzinger; SUN Area Dairy Princess, Ashley Wetzel, 2013 PA Brown Swiss Princess, Olivia Katzmaier; SUN Area Dairy Miss, Tabby Hauck; and SUN Area Dairy Miss, Larissa Shearer.

When asked what their favorite part of the District Dairy Show is, Isaac Mills, 12, of Thompsontown, responded that he enjoys getting ready for the event and preparing himself and his cow, as well as competing against other 4-Hers. Eli Klinger, 9, of Orangeville, said that taking part in the District Dairy Show each year helps him “grow really well.” He said that he learns many things from participating in the show, especially how to control his cows while he is showing them off in the ring.

When asked how participation in the District Dairy Show benefits her son, Pat Kitchen from Montour County responded that it increases his responsibility. “He does more work now (taking care of the cows) by himself without help from his parents.”  

Qualifiers will participate in the PA State Junior Dairy Show held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Sept. 7.

The District Dairy Show is an educational event hosted by the Penn State Extension 4-H. For more information about participating in 4-H or volunteering as a leader, visit the 4-H link at or call (800) 851-9710.


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