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Livestock Memories: Now And Then

This was the theme for the 2010 Screven County Livestock Festival and I would like to say that it has been fun reliving memories of festivals past and creating new ones this past week.
Thanks goes out to the junior Woman’s Club for a fantastic Queen contest. All the young ladies dazzled the audience with talent and beauty and Jessica Collins will wear the crown for a year.
Heidi Jeffers and the Chamber of Commerce did a great job coordinating the parade. Thanks to Mrs. Hilda Boykin and Downtown Sylvania for the Western Wear Contest and everyone for supporting the chicken-Q afterward on Saturday. Also this year we had the first Livestock Extravaganza and Grill off, which was a huge success. Thanks to the extension office and amphitheater group for coordinating this event.
We had a big crowd for the Exhibitor/Contributors breakfast on Tuesday morning. After hearing from the graduating seniors, we moved to the ag center for the market swine show.
Winning cloverleaf showmanship was Shaylee Crews; junior showmanship -- Macie Brannen; and senior showmanship -- Hannah Jones. Grand Champion Market Hog was shown by Lindsey Grace Herrin and Reserve Champion and weight gain winner by Sawyer Newton. Peter Wall’s pig was the Homegrown Champion.
We then went into the Lamb and Goat Show on Wednesday night. In lamb showmanship, cloverleaf-Peter Wall; junior-Zachary Weaver; and senior-Sydnee Weaver. Grand Champion was shown by Hannah Jones and Reserve by Lee Miller. In goat showmanship, Calin Smith was cloverleaf winner; junior -- Anna Smith; and senior -- Casey Hunt. Grand Champion was shown by Emily Pope and Reserve and Homegrown Champion was shown by Casey Hunt.
The last night was the cattle show. In cloverleaf showmanship, John Martinson was the winner; junior -- Haley Waters; and senior -- Hagan Martinson. British Breeds Champion Heifer was shown by Zachary Weaver and Reserve by Wyatt Sheppard. Continental Heifer Champion was Daniel Weaver and Reserve was Hagan Martinson. In the steer show, the champion was Zachary Weaver and Reserve was Wyatt Sheppard. County Born and Bred Champion was Hagan Martinson. Daniel Weaver’s steer was average daily gain winner.
A great big thanks to the homemakers for manning the food booth. We had lots of good food all week.
Thanks to all the businesses and individuals who gave and bought items at the auction each night.
I know that I have left someone out and I do apologize, but a huge Screven County thanks to all who had a hand in making this year’s festival one of the best and now it is time to start planning 2011.

Ray Hicks is the Screven County Extension coordinator.