HARRISBURG – Evan Vonada of Mill Hall, Clinton County, snagged top honors in the Junior Market Steer Show at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show on Sunday, Jan. 11.
Evan, the 11-yr-old son of Pam and Wade Vonada, earned the honor with his 1,300 pound crossbred steer, “Winchester,” topping 66 other steers.
Before getting the highest honor, “Winchester” also won the Crossbred Light Heavyweight class, as well as taking the Light Heavyweight Champion title. The victory is Evan’s first at the Pennsylvania Farm Show after exhibiting for three years.
For the second year in a row, Reserve Grand Champion Steer went to a member of the Zundel family of New Alexandria, Westmoreland County. Colton Zundel, the 11-year-old son of Matthew and Renee Zundel took the title this year, after his sister Hannah won last year.
Colton showed a crossbred steer named “Nobody” that weighed 1,295 pounds. “Nobody” also won his division and was the Champion Crossbred Middleweight.
“I wish everyone could get a purple banner but everyone’s a winner in the ag industry,” judge Dr. Tom Turner from Ohio State University commented, before choosing the Grand and Reserve Champion Market steers.
Champion and Reserve Champions of each breed are:
Champion Angus Steer: Andrea Foore, York Co.
Res. Champion Angus Steer: Ryan Fairbairn, Chester Co.
Champion Hereford Steer: Brandon Eberly, Lebanon Co.
Res. Champion Hereford Steer: Brian Ley, Chester Co.
Champion Simmental Steer: Blake Herman, Snyder Co.
Res. Champion Simmental Steer: Matthew Mowery, Snyder Co.
Champion Other Purebred Steer: Kyle Delaplaine, Adams Co.
Res. Champion Other Purebred Steer: Ian Erdely, Fayette Co.
Champion Lightweight Steer: Samuel Wingert, Franklin Co.
Res.Champion Lightweight Steer: Sam Bowman, York Co.
Champion Middleweight Steer: Colton Zundel, Westmoreland Co.
Res. Champion Middleweight Steer: David Sisler, Greene Co.
Champion LightHeavyweight Steer: Evan Vondada, Clinton Co.
Res. Champion LightHeavyweight Steer: Samantha Sisler, Greene Co.
Champion Heavyweight Steer: Kelsey Delaplaine, Adams Co.
Res. Champion Heavyweight Steer: Alexi Cash, York Co.
Champion Crossbred Steer: Evan Vondada, Clinton Co.
Res. Champion Crossbred Steer: Colton Zundel, Westmoreland Co.
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