- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Ten-year 4-Her Kaden Bennington of the Jackson Future Farmers club exhibited the grand champion heifer at Saturday’s 4-H Fair beef show.

Nola Dickerson, also of Jackson Future Farmers, showed the grand champion steer.

Bennington also has won grand championships at the Clinton and Wayne county fairs.

“I’ve been showing as long as I can remember,” Bennington said.

Judge Dale Grubbs complimented the exhibitors, and the county in general, for what he said was exemplary stock and showmanship.

“This is a powerful, powerful group of heifers,” Grubbs said before announcing the grand champion heifer winner. “I think this is a tremendous lineup.”

The number of animals almost doubled from last year, when 42 heifers and steers were entered. This year there were 37 steers and 40 heifers.

Abby Merrill and Claire Konz, who will be seniors at Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School this year, sang the National Anthem to open the contest.

Grand, reserve grand, champion and reserve champion awards were given for animals that were born and raised in Boone County. Not every breed class had such an animal.

Mackynzie Pullen, Center 4-H Clovers, won rate of gain. Her animal gained an average of 4.98 pounds per day. Seth Ariens, of Perry Future Farmers, placed second and third, with rates of 3.67 and 3.05. The rate is based on the pounds an animal gains in a 124-day period.


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