Gavagan claims top steer, goats at Wills Spring Show
By CARYL VELISEK
WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. — Tess Gavagan of Howard County scored a triple win at the 2012 Wills 4-H/FFA Spring Show which was held at the Howard County Fairgrounds on May 19, as she had the Grand Champion Steer with her crossbred, and also had the Champion and Reserve Champion Market Goat in the Meat Goat Show.
The Wills Show is the annual spring show for 4-H and FFA members in central Maryland and was founded by the late George N. Wills.
Alpaca, beef and dairy cows, meat and dairy goats, sheep, poultry and rabbits are exhibited at the show and this year’s fair attracted 168 exhibitors and there were 400 entries in the various division.
The beef cattle show was the largest and attracted 55 exhibitors with 147 entries.
The Beef Fitting and Showing Champion was Konnar Miller of Frederick County.
The Supreme Champion Heifer, a Simmental, came out of the Other Purebred Heifer division shown by Kayla Smithson of Harford County. Taylor Clarke of Frederick County had the Champion Angus Heifer and Kevin Spicer of Howard County had the Reserve. Madison Foster of Carroll County had the Champion Hereford Heifer and Adam Taylor of Baltimore County had the Reserve.
In the Shorthorn Heifer Show, Kelsey Wolfe of Frederick County exhibited the Champion and Trinity Miller of Carroll County had the Reserve. Brandon Gruber of Carroll County had the Champion Commercial Heifer and Samantha Anthony of Carroll County had the Reserve. Hollis Gigeous of Washington County showed the Reserve Champion in the Other Purebred Heifer division.
Dairy cattle had the second largest numbers with 46 exhibitors and 85 animals.
Dairy Showmanship Champion was Carol DeBaugh of Washington County.
The Supreme Championship went to a Jersey senior three year old exhibited by Katie Grace Weant of Carroll County.
The Junior Supreme Champion Heifer was a Holstein shown by Katlyn Allen of Frederick County. The Reserve Champion Jersey was shown by Gabrielle Bowers of Frederick County.
The Reserve Champion Holstein was exhibited by Brook Hoff of Carroll County.
The Champion Ayrshire was exhibited by Cadin Valentine of Frederick County and she also had the Reserve Supreme Junior Champion.
Riley Hoffman of Frederick County had the Grand Champion Brown Swiss and Mathew Lenhart of Frederick County had the Reserve. In the Guernsey show, Tessie Weant of Carroll County exhibited the Champion and Marissa Roberts of Carroll County had the Reserve.
The Champion Milking Shorthorn was shown by Shelby Hahn of Frederick County and she also had the Reserve.
There were 17 exhibitors in the Sheep Show with a total of 52 entries. Champion Sheep Showman was Ashly Blum of Baltimore County. Supreme Champion Ewe was exhibited by Madison Bollinger of Frederick County with a Commercial Ewe, and Supreme Champion Ram was exhibited by Mariam Harper of Frederick County with a Cheviot.
Champion Market lamb was shown by Adam Taylor of Baltimore County.
In the Dairy Goat Division of the Dairy Goat Show, 19 exhibitors showed 48 animals. Champion Showman was Dundhadhn Lyons from Montgomery County.
In the conformation show the Best Junior Doe in Show went to a Toggenburg doe exhibited by Lyons. The Best Doe in Show was a Nubian Senior Milker exhibited by Autumn Lippy of Carroll County.
There were eight exhibitors in the Meat Goat Show with 22 animals. In the Breeding Show, the Champion doe was exhibited by Rachel Boggs of Frederick County, the Champion Buck was also exhibited by Boggs.
The Alpaca Show included 14 exhibitors with one animal each. Showmanship Champion was Kristen Buker and in the Obstacle Contest, the Junior Champion was Emma Siepp, the Intermediate Champion was Anna Harman, and the Senior Champion was Kirsten Buker.
There were seven exhibitors in the poultry show with 28 birds.