HARRISBURG - Ten-year-old Colby Bomgardner of Annville, Lebanon County, won Grand Champion Junior Market Swine on Monday, Jan. 10, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Bomgardner topped 371 other hogs with his 280-pound Crossbred.
At the end of the nine hour show, Judge Dave Walter of Warren, Ind., said, "I am very pleased with the championship drive. I have found an extra special hog that exhibits the best flow from head to tail and is stout-made throughout."
The crowd roared as the Lebanon County 4-H'er was then presented with the championship banner. Twenty years ago exactly, the Bomgardner family name also received top honors at the Junior Market Swine Show.
Scott Gardner of Grindstone, Fayette County, took Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Swine with his 277-pound Crossbred hog.
Judge Walter evaluated the hogs on muscle, leanness, length, depth of body and structural correctness, in which this was his third consecutive year for evaluating the Junior Market hogs at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
The Junior Market Swine Show Champions were:
Champion: Kalee Anderson, Three Springs, Huntingdon Co.
Reserve: Myranda Strada, Lake Ariel, Wayne Co.
Champion: Madison McKinley, Somerset, Somerset Co.
Reserve: Taylor Conley, New Enterprise, Bedford Co.
Champion: Adrianna McGuckin, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co.
Reserve: Alex Schultz, James Creek, Huntingdon Co.
Champion: Leah Welk, Strasburg, Lancaster Co.
Reserve: Emily Jonas, Honesdale, Wayne Co.
Champion: Colby Bomgardner, Annville, Lebanon Co.
Reserve: Scott Garnder, Grindstone, Fayette Co.
Smaller number of entries of purebred hogs were placed into an "Other Purebred" class, which Racole Sproul of Brier Hill, Fayette Co., won champion honors with her purebred Hampshire hog, and Jayson Lux, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., won reserve with his Poland China hog.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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