BENTON, Ill. – Hard work, quality care, and dedication paid off as our 4-H members showcased their animals at this year's Franklin County Fair. Following the 2020 summer of virtual livestock exhibits, participants were anxious for the return of in-person shows. The events provided an opportunity for youth to display sportsmanship and exude confidence as they showed the "best of the best" during the annual livestock and animal shows.

4-H youth who raise beef, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits, and poultry for their annual projects had the opportunity to participate in the livestock auction. Participants receive the full proceeds from the sale of their livestock, and this was a record-breaking year. Local businesses, families, and other individuals made this year's auction a success, proceeds going directly to local youth. The results of the Franklin County livestock and animal shows are:

Grand Champion - Grace Kemp
Reserve Champion - Grace Kemp

Grand Champion - Grace Kemp
Reserve Champion - Keira Allsopp

Fryer Pen Chickens
Grand Champion - Lucas Smith
Reserve Champion - Kaden Blades

All Other Fowl
Grand Champion - Grace Kemp

Pair of Ducks
Grand Champion - Grace Kemp

Small Pets
Grand Champion - Kaden Blades

Rabbits (Doe)
Grand Champion - Grace Kemp
Reserve Champion - Katelynn Bock

Rabbits (Buck)
Grand Champion - Grace Kemp
Reserve Champion - Grace Kemp

Market Pen Rabbits
Grand Champion - Grace Kemp
Reserve Champion - Katelynn Bock

Horse Show (Mare)
Grand Champion - Shayne Barry
Reserve Champion - Colton Payne

Horse Show (Gelding)
Grand Champion - Jake Newbury
Reserve Champion - Briley Barry

Grand Champion - Tayler Karnes
Reserve Champion - Tayler Karnes

Sheep Show (Lamb Wether)
Grand Champion - Madalynn Adams
Reserve Champion - Maylee Adams

Sheep Show (Female)
Grand Champion - Maylee Adams
Reserve Champion - Ava Isaacs

Dairy Goat Female
Grand Champion - Wyatt Newbury
Reserve Champion - Kayla Whitlow

Meat Goat Female
Grand Champion - Knox Dublo
Reserve Champion - Samantha Allen

Pygmy Goat Female
Grand Champion - Jaxon Payne
Reserve Champion - Trevor Beaty

Goat Wether
Grand Champion - Samantha Allen
Reserve Champion - Colton Coffey
Third - Samantha Allen

Cat Care
Grand Champion - Kendall Lindhorst
Reserve Champion - Jakson Page

Dog Care
Grand Champion - Bailey Crisp
Reserve Champion - Tayler Karnes

Dog Obedience
Grand Champion - Lane Bauman
Reserve Champion - LaRaya Kelly

Beef (Female)
Grand Champion - Colton Payne
Reserve Champion - Alivia Lovelady

Beef (Steer)
Grand Champion - Lilly Winka
Reserve Champion - Jake Newbury
Third - Morgan Winka

Swine (Gilt)
Grand Champion - Katelynn Bock
Reserve Champion - Colton Payne

Swine (Barrow)
Grand Champion - Collin Feltmeyer
Reserve Champion - Ethan Poole
Third - Trace Payne

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

SOURCE: Cindy Bauman, 4-H program coordinator,, (618) 439-3178

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