According to judge Adam Conover from Delaware Valley College, the quality of animals shown at the Chester County Fair in August was so deep that some of those standing last in class could be champions at other fairs across the state.
A total of 17 steers, 69 hogs and 33 lambs were shown and sold at the annual event.
The champion steer was shown by Bryce Fitzgerald of West Grove and reserve champion steer was shown by his brother Brody. Both were registered Angus.
The champion sold for $2 a pound to Lisnageer Farm of Coatesville. The reserve was sold to Herr Angus Farm of Nottingham for $1.85 a pound.
The champion market hog shown by first-year 4-H member David Bell of Nottingham was purchased by Weaver Insurance Agency of Quarryville for $8.25 a pound, and the reserve shown by Joy Beam was purchased by Jerry Clemens and Hatfield Packing of Souderton for $3.10 a pound.
The champion lamb shown by Kyle MacCauley of Atglen was purchased by Ken Smoker of Parkesburg for $9 a pound. The reserve champion shown by Kyle's brother Chris was purchased by Breezeview Farms of Atglen for $9 a pound.
The steer sale averaged $1.74 per pound, the hogs $2.47 and the lambs $3.62.
The grand champion steer showman was Brody Fitzgerald and reserve grand champion was Joy Beam of Elverson.
Grand champion sheep showman was Chris MacCauley and reserve grand champion sheep showman was Jason Mazepink of Parkesburg.
In the swine show, champion senior showman was Brody Fitzgerald and reserve champion senior showman was Joy Beam.
Champion junior showman was Bryce Fitzgerald and reserve junior showman was Jesse Beiler of Narvon. Champion first year showman was Emilie Howe of Downingtown and reserve first year showman was David Bell.