Harrisburg – Jacob Diamond, a 19-year-old from Smithfield, Fayette County, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Goat in his final year eligible for the Junior Show on Saturday, Jan. 7, during the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Diamond bested 136 market goat exhibitors to earn top honors. His offering was also named Champion Middleweight.
Market Goat judge Bronc Flemming from San Angelo, Texas, said, “We’re all in this for the young people. These goats are a tool to help raise kids into leaders, and you should all be commended on your efforts. Pennsylvania has tremendous support for its programs, and that is something to be proud of.”
The Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat was exhibited by Madison McKinley of Somerset, Somerset County. McKinley was awarded the Reserve Champion Middleweight honors prior to being named Reserve Grand Champion.
Agriculture Secretary George Greig awarded the champion banners after thanking all of the exhibitors for being involved in youth agriculture programs. He also commended all of the supporters of Pennsylvania agriculture.
Champion Lightweight: Bryor Schrock of Berlin, Somerset Co.
Reserve Lightweight: Allyson Carl of Halifax, Dauphin Co.
Champion Light Heavyweight: Logan Svonavec of Rockwood, Somerset Co.
Reserve Champion Light Heavyweight: Alyssa Debnar of New Florence, Indiana Co.
Champion Heavyweight: Jesse Isenberg of Indiana, Indiana Co.
Reserve Champion Heavyweight: Kiara Lowe of New Bloomfield, Perry Co.
The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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