SPARTA, Ill. – Hard work, quality care, and dedication paid off as our 4-H members showcased their animals at this year's Perry 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, with over $50,000 going directly to local youth. The results of the Randolph County livestock and animal shows are:

Breeding Beef
Isac Smith (Chester) - Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion

Market Beef
Nickole Weber (Coulterville) - Grand Champion
Isac Smith (Chester) - Reserve Grand Champion

Breeding Dairy Cattle
Harris Ehlers (Campbell Hill)- Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion

Breeding Swine
Nickole Weber (Coulterville) - Grand Champion
Isac Smith (Chester) - Reserve Grand Champion

Market Swine
Nickole Weber (Coulterville) - Grand Champion
Lawson Kurtz (Sparta) - Reserve Grand Champion

Breeding Dairy Goat
Isac Smith (Chester) - Grand Champion
Breanna Autry (Evansville) - Reserve Grand Champion

Breeding Meat Goat
Loughlyn Kurtz (Sparta) - Grand Champion
Lily Lehde (Sparta) - Reserve Grand Champion

Market Goat
Lawson Kurtz (Sparta) - Grand Champion
Lily Lehde (Sparta) - Reserve Grand Champion 

Breeding Sheep
Jada Nelson (Ellis Grove) - Grand Champion
Isac Smith (Chester) - Reserve Grand Champion

Market Sheep
Lily Lehde (Sparta) - Grand Champion
Logan Lehde (Sparta) - Reserve Grand Champion

Cat
Alaina Smith (Ruma) - Champion
Lily Lehde (Sparta) - Reserve Champion

Dog
Logan Lehde (Sparta) - Champion
Nickole Weber (Coulterville) - Reserve Champion

Poultry
Isac Smith (Chester) - Grand Champion
Breanna Autry (Evansville) - Reserve Grand Champion

Poultry Meat Pen
Nickole Weber (Coulterville)- Grand Champion
Riley Smith (Ruma)- Reserve Champion

Poultry (Egg Production)
Riley Smith (Ruma) - Best in Show

Meat Pen Rabbits
Riley Smith (Ruma)- Grand Champion
Isac Smith (Chester) - Reserve Grand Champion

Rabbits
Riley Smith (Ruma) - Grand Champion
Alaina Smith (Ruma) - Reserve Grand Champion

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator, hdwillis@illinois.edu, (618) 357-2126

SOURCE: Michaela Castens, 4-H program coordinator, mes379@illinois.edu, (618) 443-4364.

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