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01/11/2020

Westmoreland County youth makes history as first-ever PA Farm Show Master Showman

Harrisburg, PA – Holly Long of New Alexandria, Westmoreland County won the first-ever Master Showmanship Competition for breeding livestock at the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Long took home the title of Grand Champion Showman and the use of a stock trailer for one year. Reserve Champion for this year's competition was Kaitlyn Flaherty of Bernville, Berks County.

The new contest was an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their knowledge of the animal they were showing, as well as their poise and presentation skills. The contest was open to Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Showmen from the divisions of dairy cattle, breeding cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, alpacas and poultry. An individual may only qualify with one species each year. Each competitor shows an animal from each species included. Contestants are not allowed to show their own animals.

The participants and their animal species for today's master showmanship class include:

Sheep:

Grand Champion Showman ─ Callie Taylor of Timblin, Armstrong County.

Reserve Grand Champion Showman ─ Olivia Waggoner of East Berlin, York County.

Meat Goats:

Grand Champion Showman ─ Tyler Peterson of Tunkannock, Jefferson County.

Reserve Grand Champion Showman ─ Skylar Anderson of Columbia, Lancaster County.

Dairy Goats:

Grand Champion Showman ─ Holly Long of New Alexandria, Westmoreland County.

Reserve Grand Champion Showman ─ Janee Weyandt of Derry, Westmoreland County.

Dairy Cattle:

Grand Champion Showman ─ Keara Tice of Spring Mills, Centre County.

Reserve Grand Champion Showman  ─ Cody Walker of Thomasville, York County.

Poultry:

Grand Champion Showman ─ Kaitlyn Flaherty of Bernville, Berks County.

Reserve Grand Champion Showman ─ Marissa Woodward of Honey Grove, Juniata County.

Alpacas:

Grand Champion Showman ─ Jillian Ranko of Butler, Butler County.

Reserve Grand Champion Showman  ─ Cassy Lanza of Shermandale, Perry County.

 

The Pennsylvania Farm Show draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our capital city every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 12,000 competitive exhibits, including more than 5,200 animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational, entertaining events. Visitors get a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $135.7 billion to Pennsylvania's economy every year.

The 2020 show runs January 4-11 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, January 5, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, January 11, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

For more information about the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit farmshow.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Shannon Powers – 717.603.2056