HARRISBURG, Pa. – Lexie Matthews, a Washington County local, rose above stiff competition to win the grand champion market steer banner at the 2008 Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan. 6, in Harrisburg.
The 18-year-old daughter of Randy and April Matthews topped a field of nearly 70 steers to secure grand champion honors.
Matthew’s 1,360-pound steer was also named champion crossbred and champion heavyweight. This is her sixth year exhibiting at the Farm Show and her third year showing market steers.
The reserve grand champion steer, weighing in at 1,340 pounds, was shown by 13-year-old Hannah Zundel of New Alexandria, Pa. Her first year exhibiting market steers at the Farm Show, Zundel also captured the reserve champion crossbred and champion light heavyweight titles.
She is the daughter of Matthew and Renee Zundel.
Judge Cody Lowderman evaluated of the entries.
Breed winners in the steer show were:
Champion Angus: Sarah Lownes; Honey Brook, Chester County
Reserve Champion Angus: Spencer Weimer; Emlenton, Venango County
Champion Hereford: Justin Diehl; Fairfield, Adams County
Reserve Champion Hereford: Cody Young; Gettysburg, Adams County
Champion Shorthorn: Sam Bowman; New Freedom, York County
Reserve Champion Shorthorn: Tara Sturey; Cochranton, Crawford County
Champion Other Purebred: Ryan Claycomb; Bedford County
Reserve Champion Other Purebred: Sarah Weimer; Emlenton, Venango County
Champion Lightweight: Frederick Frey; Quarryville, Lancaster County
Reserve Champion Lightweight: Michele Landis; Northampton, Northampton County
Champion Middleweight: Ryan Nolt; New Holland, Lancaster County
Reserve Champion Middleweight: Sarah Farley; West Hazleton, Somerset County
Champion Light-Heavyweight: Hannah Zundel; New Alexandria, Westmoreland, County
Reserve Champion Light-Heavyweight: David Sisler; Clarksville, Greene County
Champion Heavyweight: Lexie Matthews; Scenery Hill, Washington County
Reserve Champion Heavyweight: Forrest Ohler; Rockwood, Somerset County
Champion Crossbred: Lexie Matthews; Scenery Hill, Washington County
Reserve Champion Crossbred: Hannah Zundel; New Alexandria, Westmoreland, County
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