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Perry County 4-H youth place in 2022 livestock and animal shows

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. – Local youth were excited to gather in the show barn at the Perry County Fairgrounds to exhibit beef, swine, sheep, and goats during the annual 4-H Livestock Show during the Perry County Fair. A few days prior, many 4-H members also participated in a 4-H Small Pets Show, where they shared their knowledge of cats, dogs, lizards, rabbits, and other small pets, with local judges. Both events allowed youth to display sportsmanship and exude confidence as they showed the "best of the best" during the shows.

Due to the Illinois Department of Agriculture's (IDOA) ongoing ban on live poultry exhibits, 4-H members could still showcase their hard work on poultry items by displaying poster presentations and speaking directly to a judge to discuss their project. Youth who exhibited in the alternative will still be able to show at State Fair in August and receive any eligible 4-H awards.

4-H youth also had the opportunity to participate in the livestock auction. The auction is an opportunity for local businesses, families, and community members to purchase animals exhibited during the fair. The auction is a great way to support local youth as participants receive the full proceeds from the sale of their livestock.

Female Beef
Bailey Pearl – Grand Champion
Anna Kinney – Reserve Grand Champion

Market Beef
Bailey Pearl – Grand Champion
Jayden Clark – Reserve Grand Champion

Mackenna Wesseln – Grand Champion
Luke Epplin – Reserve Grand Champion

Market Hog
Jenna Opp – Grand Champion
Bailey Pearl – Reserve Grand Champion

James Epplin – Grand Champion
Tucker Dearmond – Reserve Grand Champion

Female Dairy Goat
Tate Logan – Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion

Market Goat
Erin Bender – Grand Champion
Bradley Bender – Reserve Grand Champion

Female Lamb
Maddy Choate – Grand Champion
Shelby Pearl - Reserve Grand Champion

Market Lamb
Harrison Still – Grand Champion
Bruce Still – Reserve Grand Champion

Tucker Dearmond – Grand Champion
Brody Schrader – Reserve Grand Champion

Maddy Choate – Champion
Avery Kellerman – Reserve Champion

Bruce Still – Champion
Claira Folden – Reserve Champion

James Epplin – Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion

Jessie Pyatt – Grand Champion
Wyatt Robinson – Reserve Grand Champion

Small Pet
Hailey Grab – Champion
Avery Kellerman – Reserve Champion

Swine Premier
Tucker Dearmond – Grand Champion
Lyle Winter – Reserve Grand Champion

Tractor Driving Contest
Tucker Dearmond – Grand Champion
Jayden Clark – Reserve Grand Champion

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

SOURCE: Rhonda Shubert, 4-H program coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

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