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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

4-H Dairy Show at the 111th McKean County Fair

Three 4-H members competing in showmanship and fitting. From left: 
Tyler Baldwin, Arianna Waterman, and Hailey Edgreen.
The 111th McKean County Fair started its Tuesday morning with the 4-H/Open Dairy Show. 4-H members from across the county competed under judge Zach Welker of Medina, NY. Zach has a dairy farm of 3,000 cows and has judged across New York and Ohio with the McKean County Fair being his first judging event in Pennsylvania.

Assisting in handing out awards was the 2015 McKean County Fair Queen- Mandi Droney, Miss Kane- Angela Cecchetti, Miss Bradford- Dylan Giordano, and the McKean-Potter County Dairy Maid- Alyssa Reese of Coudersport. 

It all started with the showmanship and fitting competition. The senior division was dominated by Shelby Bowman taking first place in both fitting and showmanship. Intermediate showmanship was won by Tyler Baldwin with Arianna Waterman taking 2nd place and Hailey Edgreen receiving 3rd. Intermediate fitting was also won by Tyler Baldwin with Hailey Edgreen in 2nd place and Arianna Waterman in 3rd. The junior division of both fitting and showmanship was won by Ryley Thompson with Coryn McClain taking 2nd place.

An overall Master Showman and Fitter was chosen out of each of the division winners. The Master Showman awards were sponsored by Field Street Boots of Kane and Friendship Dairies, and Ryley Thompson took home that award with Shelby Bowman winning Reserve Master Showman. The Master Fitter awards were sponsored by Stratton Farms and Friendship Dairies, and Tyler Baldwin won that title with Ryley Thompson taking Reserve Master Fitter.

The 4-H members conquered the show while winning multiple classes against the open exhibitors. Ryley Thompson won Reserve Champion Brown Swiss, Reserve Champion Holstein, Reserve Champion Jersey, Grand Champion Jersey, and Best Udder Jersey. Hailey Edgreen took 1st place with her Brown Swiss junior heifer calf, Brown Swiss summer yearling calf, and 2nd place with her Brown Swiss intermediate yearling heifer. Arianna Waterman won with her Brown Swiss intermediate heifer calf, and Reserve Junior Champion Holstein. Tyler Baldwin won Junior Champion with his Brown Swiss heifer. Coryn McClain won with her 2 year old senior Jersey cow and placed 2nd with her Brown Swiss senior heifer calf. Shelby Bowman had an Honorable Mention with her Brown Swiss yearling heifer as well as 2nd place with a summer yearling and a junior yearling heifer. 

We would like to congratulate all of those who participated in the dairy show. For anyone who has questions about joining 4-H in McKean County is recommended to contact the Extension Office at (814)-887-5613 or email Samantha directly at

Submitted By: Samantha Sessamen, McKean County 4-H Extension Educator

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