Richmond County 4-H at the State Fair!
The theme at this year’s NC State Fair was “Nothing Could Be Finer” and Richmond County 4-H’ers proved just that by their strong showing at events this year! Youth exhibited in the Junior Meat Goat, Junior Meat Goat Showmanship, Junior Doe Goat, and Junior Doe Showmanship Shows during the NC State Fair.
The 4-H Livestock Club was busy for several days at the fair. During the Junior Meat Goat Show, 10 Richmond County youth displayed their finished products. They have been working with their animals since June and sold their goats during the Fair. Youth competing in the Junior Meat Goat Show included Ava Berry, Coleman Berry, Jordan Carroll, Abigail Hamilton, Garrett Hamilton, Tobey Lunceford, DeLani Reep, Kristi Reep, Savannah Shepard, and Payton Smith.
Those who placed in the top 10 of their class include: Garrett Hamilton 7th in class 3, Jordan Carroll 7th in class 4, Abigail Hamilton 7th and Coleman Berry 8th both in class 5, Coleman Berry 8th in class 7, and Jordan Carroll 6th and Payton Smith 7th both in class 8. Coleman Berry received a showmanship pin and was selected to return to the ring for the championship drive for the meat goat wether showmanship class.
Additional funding was provided by sponsors Iron Horse and NC Farm Bureau for market wether supplementation. Because of their generous support, youth from across the state, including those from Richmond County, received additional supplementation from the sponsors as well as the market price money from selling their goats. Iron Horse also sponsored the live streaming on the Internet for the sale of champion auction. It’s the second time the state fair was able to live stream thanks to Iron Horse’s generous support. Ironhorse also purchased the North Carolina Board and Bred Grand Champion goat for $12,000. This goat was purchased and shown by Eliza Sullivan from Wilson County originally from the John and Velma McInnis Farm in Ellerbe. This award proves that we have goats with good genetics not only in North Carolina, but even more specifically in Richmond County.
The Richmond County youth did just as well in the Junior Doe Goat and the Junior Doe Showmanship Shows. Six Richmond County youth displayed their commercial breeding does. They have been working with their animals since June and the animals returned after the State Fair to the farm to be bred. Youth competing in the Junior Meat Goat Doe Show included Ava Berry, Coleman Berry, Jordan Carroll, Abigail Hamilton, Savannah Shepard, and Payton Smith.
Those who placed in the top 10 of their class include: Jordan Carroll 3rd and Abigail Hamilton 4th both in class 3, Ava Berry 4th in class 6, Jordan Carroll 8th in class 7, Coleman Berry 5th in class 8, Jordan Carroll 4th in class 1 Senior Doe, and Jordan Carroll 3rd and Payton Smith 6th both in class 2 Senior Doe. Abigail Hamilton and Payton Smith received showmanship pins and were selected to return to the ring for the championship drive in the meat goat doe showmanship class.
Congratulations to all of these young people and special thanks to all of the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and community members who traveled to the fair to support these youth as they strive “To Make The Best Better” in Richmond County!