Rappahannock’s 4-H Livestock Club had a fine showing last week at the Culpeper Madison Rappahannock Farm Show. Under the leadership of Jim Massie and Tim Falls, the eight participants brought home a slew of awards from the annual fair at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises July 10-14.
Ben Kopjanski won the Beef Novice Showmanship class and was awarded Best Novice Exhibitor by the farm show committee. Likewise, Sam Barnes won the Novice Swine Showmanship Class with younger brother Nick placing a close third. Barnes and Cheyenne McCracken were awarded Best Novice Swine Exhibitors by the committee.
(McCracken also finished seventh in her Market Hog class, and garnered two top finishes — second and fourth — in her Market Lamb classes, while Kopjanski finished fourth in his Lightweight Steer Class.)
Both Barnes boys placed high in the Market Class, each winning their weight division, with Sam losing only to the grand champion. With the same Yorkshire gilt, Sam Barnes won Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt.
Courtney Dodson took the top prize in her Market Hog Class, and placed seventh in Senior Showmanship; Christian McCracken placed second in his Market Hog class. Catherine Deane took first place in Senior Showmanship, second in the Market Lamb class with her wether and third in the Market Lamb class with her ewe.
Kristin Jenkins took home a number of awards, including first, fourth and fifth place in her Market Lamb class; fourth in Swine Senior Showmanship; second and fifth in her Market Hog Class; fifth and sixth in her Market Steer class; and fourth in Beef Showmanship.
The club thanks all its sponsors, including the Rappahannock Co-op, Union First Market Bank, Cheri Woodard Realty, Williams Tree Service, Don Corbin, Rose Hill Veterinary Practice and the Rappahannock Farm Bureau, for purchasing animals at the sale.