Big Butler Fair: Showmen step to the plate in Pa.

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BUTLER, Pa. – Many 4-H and FFA members were recognized in livestock shows at the Big Butler Fair in Butler, Pa., over the Fourth of July.

In the livestock judging category, Tara Drake of Slippery Rock was recognized as the high point individual in the senior division, Eric Drake of Slippery Rock in the intermediate division, and Tyler Kreutz of Slippery Rock in the junior division.

Horses. Horse and pony division award recipients included Kayla Protzman of Butler, grooming and showmanship, senior; Krissy Fowler of Butler, Grooming and showmanship, intermediate; and Jonathan Campbell of Cabot, grooming and showmanship, junior.

Additional awards in the horse and pony division are based on accumulated points for placings in designated classes.

Cayla Boyd of Saxonburg and Dawn Lehnerd of Butler tied for the champion contest horse award, Teddi Seibel of Zelienople was recognized for champion contest pony, and Kaitlin Carson of Evans City for champion Western horse.

Erin Turner of Renfrew and Dawn Lehnerd tied for the champion western pony award.

Also receiving awards in the horse and pony division were Stephanie Larrf of Butler for champion English horse and Kelly Brown of Butler for champion English pony.

Dairy. Dairy division award recipients were recognized for their showmanship skills and for exhibiting the champion animals by breed.

Nathan Boyle of Evans City received the award for showmanship, ages 16-21 and Nathan Rassau of Sarver for showmanship, ages 14-15.

Erica Leslie of Connoquenessing was recognized for showmanship, ages 12-13; Sarah Leslie of Connoquenessing for showmanship, ages 10-11; and Leighton Meals of Evans City for showmanship, ages 8-9.

By dairy cattle breed, the following Butler County 4-H members were recognized for exhibiting the best 4-H or FFA animal:

Kate Booher of New Castle, Jersey; Elaina Rader, Holstein and Ayrshire, Erica Leslie of Connoquenessing, Brown Swiss; Nathan Boyle, Guernsey; and Zachary Speer of Portersville, Milking Shorthorn.

Top exhibitors. In addition, Booher was recognized as the exhibitor of the best 4-H or FFA supreme grand champion all breeds and Elaina Rader as the exhibitor of the best 4-H or FFA supreme reserve grand champion all breeds.

Nathan Rassau exhibited the best 4-H or FFA supreme junior grand champion all breeds and Elaina Rader exhibited the best 4-H or FFA supreme reserve junior grand champion all breeds.

Beef. In the beef cattle division, Dawn Lehnerd received the award for showmanship, ages 16-21; Dayna Filges of Butler for showmanship, ages 14-15; Colt Filges of Butler for showmanship, ages 12-13; Crystal Merten of Evans City for showmanship, ages 10-11; and Adam Drake of Slippery Rock for showmanship, ages 8-9.

Dayna Filges exhibited the grand champion market steer and Cody Filges of Butler received the award for reserve grand champion market steer.

Whitney Edwards of Valencia exhibited the supreme heifer.

Sheep. Sheep division award recipients included Nathan Schultheis of Connoquenessing for showmanship, ages 16-21; Tomi Huff of Butler for showmanship, ages 14-15; Eric Drake for showmanship, ages 12-13; Stephen Drake of Slippery Rock for showmanship, ages 10-11; and Adam Drake for showmanship, ages 8-9.

Rebekah Dunn of Butler received the award for grand champion market lamb and Elaina Rader for reserve grand champion market lamb.

The award for supreme ewe went to Dawn Lehnerd.

Swine. Rebekah Dunn received the award for showmanship, ages 16-21 in the swine division; Harold Dunn, Jr. of Butler for showmanship, ages 14-15; Matthew Loomis of West Sunbury for showmanship, ages 12-13: Paul Merten of Evans City for showmanship, ages 10-11; and Adam Tuzikow of Butler for showmanship, ages 8-9.

Rebekah Dunn was recognized for exhibiting the grand champion market hog and Harold Dunn Jr. for the reserve grand champion market hog. Grant McKinnis Jr. of Connoquenessing received the award for supreme gilt.

Dairy goats. Dairy goat division award recipients included John Mabold of West Sunbury for showmanship, ages 16-21; Amanda Mabold of West Sunbury for showmanship, ages 14-15; Sara Mabold of West Sunbury for showmanship, ages 12-13; Joshua Arner of Valencia for showmanship, ages 10-11; and Amanda Scheboth of Gibsonia for showmanship, ages 8-9.

Danielle Yobst of Butler was the award recipient for champion pen of three hens, champion pen of three pullets, and champion turkey in the poultry division.

Rabbits. Kayla Protzman was recognized for showmanship, ages 16-21 in the rabbit division along with Jessica Kummer of Renfrew, showmanship ages 14-15; Joey Cain of Chicora, showmanship ages 12-13; Stephanie Isaacs of Butler, showmanship ages 10-11; and Renee Frohnert of Wexford, showmanship ages 8-9.

Steven Allaman of Butler received the award for grand champion all breeds and Joey Cain received the award for reserve grand champion all breeds.

Allaman was also the recipient of the champion doe and litter award.

Other awards. In the home and garden division, Tara Drake was recipient of the senior girl or boy award, Debbie Drake of Slippery Rock was recipient of the intermediate girl or boy award, and Adam Drake was recipient of the junior girl or boy award.

Elaina Rader of Connoquenessing was named the outstanding youth for the 2003 Big Butler Fair.

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