Washington Co. FFA girl wins top honors with goat ‘Ziggy’

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Courtney Cowden, of Prosperity, Washington County, Pa., won grand champion market goat in the junior livestock show Jan. 9 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

A longtime FFA member and former 4-H member, Cowden has been showing goats for many years. This is her final year as a junior exhibitor at the Farm Show, and her first time winning grand champion goat.

Other winners

Other winners included brother and sister duo Derek and Samantha Adams, who won reserve champion light heavyweight and reserve champion heavyweight categories, respectively.

The two have been showing goats together for eight years.

Judge Tom Strickland of Mississippi was new to the Farm Show this year, and thrilled by the great turnout and competitive entries.

Goats in each weight class were evaluated on muscle and thickness, and structural conformation.

The junior market goat show champions were: lightweight champion: Alix Hochard, Somerset, Somerset County; reserve: Jacob Hartman, Lenhartsville, Berks County; mediumweight champion: Jeremy Mock, Williamsburg, Blair County; reserve: Bryer Schrock, Berlin, Somerset County; Light-heavyweight champion: Courtney Cowden, Prosperity, Washington County; reserve: Derek Adams, Bedford, Bedford County; heavyweight champion: Ashley Marshall, Creekside, Indiana County; and reserve: Samantha Adams, Bedford, Bedford County.

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