LONDON — More than 30 Madison-Plains High School students participated at the Madison County Fair, July 5 – 14.
Several 4H and FFA students achieved several wins.
“At this year’s county fair, my biggest successes included winning the overall general livestock judging contest and open champion feeder calf,” said student, Macy Burchett, adding that she enjoys competing in the judging contest because “it switched the roles of what kids are used to in the ring.” Next year she would like to compete again in the Showman of Showmen and obtain her FFA state degree either this year or next.
Many of the students take different types of animals to the fair. For student, Alyson Petee, time management was her biggest challenge this year, working with more than one animal. But she said this year she learned “working hard all summer will show when you are in the show ring.”
Student Pegasios Xenikis said that his biggest challenge this year was beating his older brother in the showmanship division. “When the judge shook my hand before my brother’s, all I could do was smile. I worked really hard over summer to earn my win in the show ring,” said Pegasios.
His older brother, Kosta Xenikis, said that his biggest accomplishment this year was Grand Showman of Showmen. “If you work hard and have confidence you can achieve your goals,” said Kosta.
Some of the students also competed at the Ohio State Fair this year. Tina Seaburn said that she’s not showing at the Madison County Fair next year because she plans to “focus on my goal of winning grand champion market lamb and/or senior showman of showmen at the Ohio State Fair.”
Below are many of the accomplishments of the students from this year.
Caden Alkire: Reserve Champion Overall Showman Rabbits; Champion Intermediate Showman Rabbits,” said Seaburn.
Luke Furbee: 5th Overall in Sheep in Division; 6th in Market Class; 3rd in Breeding Class; attended state fair for fishing project.
Macy Burchett: Open Champion Feeder Calf; Open Champion Senior Showman; Premier Market Beef Exhibitor; Open Reserve Champion Overall Showman.
Mackenzie Wilson: Madison County Sheep Born and Raised.
Alyson Petee: 1st 14-year-old Swine Showmanship; Top 3 Intermediate Showman; 1st Swine Breeding Skillathon; 1st Swin Market Skillathon; 4th Market Barrow; Champion Intermediate Livestock Judging Winner; Champion Intermediate Showman; 3rd Western Showmanship; 3rd Western Pleasure; 4th Western Horsemanship. Ohio State Fair – 3rd Cross Bred Breeding Gilt; 4th Hereford Breeding Gilt.
Kosta Xenikis: Grand Champion Market Steer; Beef Showman of Showmen; Grand Showman of Showmen; Intermediate Groom Show Top 3; Born and Raised Champion Market Steer; Grand Champion Market Steer in Open Show.
Emma McCoy: 1st in Class – 13-years-old; Top 3 Intermediate Division; 5th Overall Rabbit Showman of Showmen; 4th Skillathon Intermediate Division.
Dalton Cunningham: Grand Champion Market Lamb; Grand Champion Commercial Ewe; Sheep Showman of Showmen. Open Show – Grand Champion Market Lamb; Grand Champion Commercial Ewe; Sheep Showman of Showmen. Ohio State Fair – Gran Champion Commercial Ewe; Champion 14-year-old Showman.
Pegasios Xenikis: Market Beef in Open Class; Intermediate Open Class Champion; Open Class Champion Showman; Top 5 Beef Showmanship in Junior Fair.
Brooke Edwards: 1st Western Showmanship; 2nd Western Pleasure; 2nd Trail; 1st English Showmanship; 1st English Equitation; 1st Hus; 1st Western Horsemanship; 1st Western Riding; 1st Musical Freestyle; Showman of Showmen Equine; High Point Western Senior Division; competed in Grand Showman of Showmen. Ohio State Fair – 1st Hunt Seat Equitation, 15 years; 2nd Western Horsemanship, 15 years; 1st Hus, 15-16 years; 2nd Hunter Showmanship, 15 years; 8th Hunt Seat Equitation Championship; 3rd Western Horsemanship Championship; 2nd Hus Championship; 1st Hunter Showmanship Championship.