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Dillon Freeman Shows Top Heifer at State Fair

by Marlys Weaver-Stoesz

Published: Friday, August 17, 2018

Northern Indiana 4-H'ers wrapped up a day of showing Sunday at the Indiana State Fair 4-H dairy show, with a few making appearances at the inaugural supreme champion drive later that evening.

Dillon Freeman of St. Joseph County received several top honors in the Ayrshire show. Freeman earned grand champion of the 4-H show with his 4-year-old cow, reserve grand with his senior 2-year-old cow and junior champion with his fall calf. His fall calf was later chosen as supreme junior champion, topping the champion heifers of all the other breeds in the 4-H show.

In the 4-H Holstein show, Valerie Messmore of Kosciusko County had junior champion with her winter yearling heifer. Sunday evening, she and her heifer earned reserve supreme junior champion. Allie Kuehnert of Fort Wayne won reserve champion of the Holstein show.

Madison Hibschman of Elkhart County had the grand champion 4-H Brown Swiss cow, a senior 2-year-old. St. Joseph County's Dalton Freeman took reserve champion of that show with his 4-year-old.

Junior champion in the 4-H Jersey show went to Hailey Stookey of Milford and her spring heifer calf. Layne Bachelor of Orland took reserve champion with his aged Jersey cow.

Fulton County's Caleb Easterday won reserve champion with his 4-year-old. Kaitlin Lamb of Wakarusa earned junior champion of the 4-H Guernsey show with her fall calf.

In showmanship, Kendall Hantz of Whitley County was champion senior Ayrshire showman. Cassandra Gebert of Wawaka was champion senior showman of the Holstein show. Hayden Stookey of Milford was the top Holstein junior showman, while Dyson Pearson of Fort Wayne was reserve junior showman.

In Jersey showmanship, Cade Bachelor of Orland was top junior showman, while Caylee Bachelor of Steuben County was the top intermediate showman.

Kaitlin Lamb of Wakarusa was champion in the Guernsey junior showmanship class. Jenna Knepp of Milford placed second in the Guernsey intermediate showmanship, while Katelynn Hancock of Wakarusa was reserve in the senior division.

Caylee James of LaGrange topped the Brown Swiss intermediate showmanship class. Tanner Rush of Goshen brought home reserve in the Brown Swiss junior division.

In the 4-H Milking Shorthorn shows, Dustin Kemp of Middlebury earned champion showman and Kylie Weaver of Elkhart County reserve showman in the senior class.

Jenna Knepp of Milford earned reserve in the Brown Swiss intermediate showmanship class.

A few hours after the 4-H dairy show concluded, the coliseum at the Indiana State Fair took on a celebratory ambience with music and pyrotechnics before animals entered the show ring for the first 4-H supreme champion drive.

The supreme show is modeled after the state fair's grand drive for market animals, said Julia Steele with the Indiana State Fairground's public relations department. "The purpose of the supreme drive is to recognize the best breeding stock Indiana has and selects the supreme and reserve supreme 4-H breeding ewes, dairy females and gilts."

Along with the supreme junior champion and reserve supreme junior champion honors in the dairy division going to 4-H'ers from the northern part of the state, Mallory Bowers, Warsaw, was runnerup supreme ewe with her Southdown.

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