And the winners are…
MURFREESBORO – Months of hard work and determination came to fruition here Wednesday as youngsters from the Roanoke-Chowan area earned awards at the 38th annual Hertford-Northampton 4-H Livestock Show and Sale.
A total of 41 participants, ages 5-to-18, from Northampton, Hertford, and Bertie counties brought their animals to show, held at the livestock arena off West Main Street in Murfreesboro. Animals shown by the youngsters were hogs, lambs, and goats.
After three hours of serious competition, the entries shown by following youngsters were judged as the “best of the best”:
Brody Parker (Hertford Co.) – Market Goat Grand Champion;
Hunter Martin (Northampton Co.) – Market Goat Reserve Champion;
Brooke Vann (Northampton Co.) – Market Lamb Grand Champion;
Brittany Vandiford (Northampton Co.) – Market Lamb Reserve Champion;
Josiah Harris (Northampton Co.) – Market Swine Grand Champion; and
Gregory Harris Jr. (Northampton Co.) – Market Swine Reserve Champion.
In the Showmanship judging, the results are as follows:
Goat (Senior Division) – Kavon Green of Northampton Co. (1st place) and Marlon Kunstler of Hertford Co. (2nd place);
Goat (Junior Division) – Wyatt Reece of Northampton Co. (1st place) and Haley Lassiter of Hertford Co. (2nd place);
Lamb (Senior Division) – Brittany Vandiford (1st place) and Brooke Vann (2nd place);
Lamb (Junior Division) – Anasha Harris (1st place) and Nashia Harris (2nd place), both of Northampton County;
Swine (Senior Division) – Justin Jones (1st place) and Gregory Harris Jr. (2nd place), both of Northampton County; and
Swine (Junior Division) – Isaiah Harris (1st place) and Chloe Long (2nd place), both of Northampton County.
Dan Wells, a native of western North Carolina now living in Johnston County, served as the livestock judge.
Following dinner, the event concluded with the annual sale of the champion animals.
Parker’s Grand Champion goat was purchased by Hertford County Farm Bureau, Jessie Vaughan Farm, and Crop Production Services.
The Reserve Champion goat (shown by Martin) was purchased by Producers’ Gin.
Rich & Rich Auctioneers purchased Vann’s Grand Champion lamb. Vandiford’s Reserve Champion lamb was purchased by Lassiter Farms.
Lassiter Farms joined with Rich & Rich Auctioneers to purchase the Grand Champion swine shown by J. Harris.
Northampton County Farm Bureau Insurance and Federation was joined by Crop Production Services NC Division to purchase the Swine Reserve Champion swine shown by G. Harris Jr.