Both Scott Wright from Harrington, Del., who judged the lambs and steers, and John Ebersole from Duncannon, who judged the hogs, agreed that the quality of animals shown at this year’s Chester County Fair could compete in many fairs throughout the country and be very competitive.
The weather was great and a large crowd was out each night to watch the 4-H livestock shows. Ten steers, 65 hogs and 25 lambs were shown and sold.
The champion steer shown by Brody Fitzgerald of West Grove was sold for $2.50 a pound to Herr Foods Inc. of Nottingham, which then donated it to the House of His Creation in Lititz.
The reserve champion steer shown by Garland Hamilton of Lincoln University was purchased by David Hamilton of Lincoln University for $2 a pound.
The champion market hog shown by Brody Fitzgerald was sold for $5.75 a pound to Cherry Knoll Farm of West Grove, which also bought the reserve champion hog shown by Bryce Fitzgerald for $4.75 a pound.
The champion lamb shown by Kaitlin Bell of Nottingham was purchased by the Chester/Delaware Farm Bureau for $7.50 a pound. The reserve champion shown by Brooke Mazepink of Parkesburg was purchased by Breezeview Farms of Atglen for $8.50 a pound.
The steer sale averaged $2.19 per pound, the hogs $2.89 and the lambs $5.54.
The grand champion steer showman was Brody Fitzgerald, and the reserve grand champion was his brother Bryce.
The grand champion sheep showman was Brooke Mazepink, and the reserve grand champion was Jason Mazepink, both from Parkesburg.
The swine show champion senior showman was Brody Fitzgerald, and the reserve champion was Joshua Beam of Elverson. The champion junior showman was Samantha Nace of Glenmoore, and the reserve champion was Kaitlin Bell.
The champion first-year showman was Deborah Uhlman of Exton, and the reserve champion was Matt Bonaduce of Honey Brook.