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Washington County FFA Girl Wins Top Honors With Goat ‘Ziggy’

Harrisburg – Courtney Cowden, of Prosperity, Washington County, won Grand Champion Market Goat in the Junior Livestock Show Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

A longtime FFA member and former 4-H’er, Cowden has been showing goats for many years. This is her final year as a junior exhibitor at the Farm Show, and her first time winning Grand Champion goat.

Other winners included brother and sister duo Derek and Samantha Adams, who won Reserve Champion Light Heavyweight and Reserve Champion Heavyweight categories, respectively. The two have been showing goats together for 8 years.

Judge Tom Strickland of Mississippi was new to the Farm Show this year, and thrilled by the great turnout and competitive entries.

Goats in each weight class were evaluated on muscle and thickness, and structural conformation. Out of 166 total entries, 48 of the top market goats will be sold Tuesday at the livestock auction.

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding congratulated winners, and thanked the competitors and their families for their strong belief in agriculture.

The Junior Market Goat Show Champions were:
Champion: Alix Hochard, Somerset, Somerset Co.
Reserve: Jacob Hartman, Lenhartsville, Berks Co.

Champion: Jeremy Mock, Williamsburg, Blair Co.
Reserve: Bryer Schrock, Berlin, Somerset Co.

Champion: Courtney Cowden, Prosperity, Washington Co.
Reserve: Derek Adams, Bedford, Bedford Co.

Champion: Ashley Marshall, Creekside, Indiana Co.
Reserve: Samantha Adams, Bedford, Bedford Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit for details.

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