February 28-- The Annual Market Hog Show was held at the Toombs County Agricenter last week. A record crowd was on hand for the show sponsored by the Toombs County Young Farmers. Fifty seven youth participated in the event with a total of sixty seven hogs being shown. This year’s judge was Mr. Todd Wall, Screven County FFA Advisor.
For the second year, a Pee Wee division was included for youth ages 5-8. Pee Wee participants participated in two divisions: a premium weight class and showmanship.
Participants included winner Britton Herndon and JJ Braddy, Jada Creamer, Thomas Cloud, Jacob Edwards, Kara Frost, Gavin Hall and Clayton Williamson.
FFA members exhibiting included: Bailey Bryson, Samantha Castro, Chase Corbin, Ashley Cruz, Katie Douglas, Traci Dixon, Summer Dykes, Douglas Goins, Eric Goins, Jenneca Gomez, Cheyenne Jackson, Taylor Lee, Abby Lindsey, Madison Lynn, Daniel McCall, Lindsey McCoy, Anna McIntyre, Breena Mitchum, Lupita Morales, Jared Morris, Chelsea Music, Chad Newman, Emma Owens, Dani Parrish, Brittany Peavy, Kayla Peterson, Wesley Ricks, Haley Smith, Trent Stephens, Larry Waters, John Ricketson, Jacob Stallings, Samantha Van Dyke and Chelsea Womack.
4-H members exhibiting included: Trey Cloud, Landon Cowart, Adam Edwards, K.D. Frost, Madison Hall, Lorren Herndon, Madison Herndon, Sky Herndon, Dawsan Love, Abigail Lynn, Cameron Panick, Brad Sanders, Cody Williamson, Cole Williamson and Tucker Williford.
In the senior showmanship division (Grades 10-12), Madison Lynn won first, Sky Herndon took second and third place was awarded to Haley Smith. In the junior showmanship division (Grades 7-9), first place was awarded to Madison Herndon, second place went to Chase Corbin and third place went to Tucker Williford. The cloverleaf showmanship division honors went to KD Frost followed by Madison Hall in second and Dalton Underwood in third place. Pee Wee Class showmanship winners were: Kara Frost (1st), Britton Herndon (2nd) and Jada Creamer (3rd).
Class 1 consisted of hogs which weighed in under 235 pounds. Chelsea Music was the class winner followed by Cody Williamson, Madison Lynn, Sky Herndon and Brad Sanders. In Class 2, hogs weighing in between 237 and 248 pounds, Lorren Herndon took top honors, Madison Herndon finished second, Wesley Ricks took third and Dalton Underwood finished fourth. Landon Cowart finished fifth. In the heavy weight class,
Madison Herndon was the class winner. Finishing out the top five were Lorren Herndon, Landon Cowart, Sky Herndon and KD Frost.
The Championship drive was the last event for the evening. Grand Champion was awarded to Madison Herndon shown with Judge Todd Wall and Toombs Co Extension Service Agent Jason Edenfield.
The Reserve Grand Champion was awarded to Lorren Herndon shown with Wall and Edenfield.
Through participation in the Young Farmers Market Hog Show, youth in the Toombs County FFA program strive to maintain their organization’s motto “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” The Toombs County FFA advisors are Mark Montfort and Joey Montford. Toombs County 4-H’ers work “To Make the Best Better.” The Toombs County Extension Staff members are Cheryl Poppell, Extension Coordinator, Jason Edenfield, County Agent, Lesli Garrett, 4-H Program Assistant and Dorothy Osborn, County Extension Secretary. For more information about Youth Agricultural Programs, contact Toombs County FFA at 526-6068 or Toombs County 4-H at 526-3101. (Story and photos submited by Cheryl Poppell)