Harrisburg – Competition was fierce between four teams led by captains Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, former Representative Art Hershey, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Doug Kilgore and Senator Mike Waugh in the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest on Friday, Jan. 15, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Kilgore, a former dairy farmer, patiently coached his four lovely lady team members of Rep. Sue Helm, ABC27’s Valerie Pritchett, PCN’s Kat Prickett and FOX43’s Melanie Gardner.
“I tried to prep the ladies before the start,” commented Kilgore. “We made good use of our time and it was good for me to go last.”
Kilgore and the rest of the “Amazing 5” milked 1.35 pounds from a Holstein cow, named Twilight, owned by Laura Lesher of Berks County.
Each captain filled his team by randomly drawing names out of a pitcher.
Hershey’s second-place team, the Milk Masters, was one squirt short, weighing in with just 1.30 pounds of milk from their Brown Swiss cow named Alayna owned by the Knepps from Berks County. Rounding out the team was Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Krystal Wasson, state FFA President Molly Walmer, CBS21 reporter Ben Russell and Representative Mike Hanna.
The “Udderly Amazing” team led by Waugh came in third with nine-tenths of a pound of nature’s most nearly perfect food. The team milked a Jersey cow named Jewel from the Harpster Farm in Centre County. Waugh’s team included Auditor General Jack Wagner, Pennsylvania Fair Queen Nicole Clemson, WGAL reporter Matt Barcaro and Rep. Mark Keller.
Last, but not least, was Redding’s team, the “Aggies,” who managed to wring just 0.85 pounds from their Ayrshire cow named Fern from the Hernley farm in Lebanon County. As Redding and his team, which included Harrisburg Stampede professional football players Will Hines and Archie Smith, Department of General Services Secretary James Creedin and CBS21 reporter Erica Moffitt, poured their milk into the bucket, they tried to make sure that every last drop counted – to no avail.
Agriculture Department’s Bureau of Ride & Measurement Standards Director, John Dillabaugh, meticulously calibrated the scales and weighed each team’s milk.
Each member of the winning team received a gift basket of PA Preferred products, while every participant received a “got mik?” hat from the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association.
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 www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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