Jersey County 4-H’ers exhibit over 300 projects


JERSEYVILLE – Jersey County 4-H members exhibited more projects at the 4-H Summer Shows July 9-12 at the Jersey County Fairgrounds.

Members completed preparations for the 4-H shows by helping out with the clean-up of the fair on July 8 at the fairgrounds. The youth helped set up the cattle stalls, clean the showroom, and set up chairs for upcoming shows.

The Cat and Dog Show took place on Friday July 9. Kimberlee Ford won the Best of Show Cat award. Jena Pegram won the Best of Show Kitten and Best of Show Dog awards. Best of Show Cat Costume, Best of Show Puppy, and Dog Showmanship went to Ava Pegram and Best of Show Dog Obedience went to Emily Carey.

The exhibitors and their projects were judged by Jacalyn Meisner, 4-H alumnus, agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.

Another full day of shows took place on Saturday July 10. The 4-H members started very early with the Rabbit Show. Wayne Schafer judged the rabbit projects and shared a lot of information and advice with the exhibitors. Mia Wolff won the Grand Champion Rabbit. Elissabeth Walsh received the title of Showmanship Champion for rabbits in the senior division and Abel Cannon was awarded the title of Showmanship Champion in the junior division.

The exhibitors closed the morning with the 4-H Poultry Show. Amelia Hines won the Grand Champion Poultry for her hen. Ava Pegram won the Showmanship Champion title in the senior division. Kimberlee Ford won the Showmanship Champion title in the Junior Poultry Division. Bill Bree of Lincoln, Illinois, judged the 4-H Poultry Show.

The 4-H General Show ended a busy day as members shared a variety of projects ranging from aerospace to woodworking and everything in between. The Best of Show awards went to: Allison Haarmann-Vegetable Gardening, Clark Blasa-Woodworking, Amelia Hines-Foods & Nutrition, Peyton Smith-Communications and Photography, Dinah Slusser-Visual Arts and Daphne Slusser-Clothing & Textiles.

On Sunday July 11, members of the kennel tested their skills in the annual Master Showmanship competition with Judge Rodney Knittel.

The Grand Champion Master Showmanship went to Taylor Richey in the senior division. Taylor will represent Jersey County and compete in the Illinois State Masters Showcase Competition sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau in August at the Illinois State Fair.

Bailey Wadlow received the Reserve Grand Champion in the Senior Division. The grand champion of the junior division was won by Max Poppe and Carson Beckman won the reserve.

The last day of the exhibitions took place on Monday July 12th. Cody Zeeck from Havana judged the pig, sheep and goat shows. Aubree Bauer won the Grand Champion Gilt and the Grand Champion Market Hog. The senior presentation for pigs went to Peyton Smith and the junior presentation to Morgan Fritz. Adria Moore won the Grand Champion Ewe and Junior Showmanship for sheep. Brody Wilkinson received the Grand Champion Market Lamb for his time. The senior presentation went to Clayton Richey.

Members ended a morning show with the 4-H goat show. Jocelyn Krueger won the Grand Champion Doe and the Grand Champion Wether for her goats. Whitney Lahey received the title of senior division champion and Colten Wilson won the title of junior division champion.

The 4-H Beef Show was judged by Lee Rincker, Agriculture Instructor and Livestock Assessment Team Coach at the University of Illinois at Champaign. Carson Beckman won the title of Grand Champion Heifer, Grand Champion Market Beef and Champion Showmanship in the junior division. Taylor Richey received the title of senior division champion.

Members ended the week with the Jersey County 4-H Foundation Appreciation Dinner and 4-H Cattle Auction. The photos appear on

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