Participants in the livestock portion of the 52nd Annual Northern Gila County Fair were awarded for a variety of different events.
Winning top awards with small animals were: Grand Champion Diane Mullaly with a Latino cockatiel, Reserve Champion Austin White with a goose; Grand Champion Rachel Henderson with a Mini Rex rabbit; and Reserve Champion Jason Lyons with a Lionshead rabbit.
With large animals, the Junior Showmanship Grand Champion was Tim Phillips, the Junior Showmanship Reserve Champion award went to Stephanie Wells; Senior Showmanship Grand Champion was Michael McGee; and Senior Showmanship Reserve Champion was Lonie Simpson.
Championship ribbons in the individual classes of animals were awarded to: Lonie Simpson, Grand Champion lamb; Patty Goble, Grand Champion steer; Doug Marks, Reserve Champion steer; Ketrina Kueny, Grand Champion rabbit; Tim Phillips, Grand Champion goat; Stephanie Wells, Reserve Champion goat; Hannah Palandri, Grand Champion hog, Spencer Hall, Reserve Champion hog.
The 4-H and FFA livestock auction at the fair Saturday night was a big success.
The participants sold a total of 20 animals.
Selling cattle were Patty Goble to Buffalo Chip Enterprises; Doug Marks to Jean Robertson; and Nerissa Kueny to Pat Stone and Stoneway Investments.
Hog sells were made by Hannah Palandri to Roy Haught; Spencer Hall to Lumbermens; Destiny Wagenknecht to Rick Gonzales & Sons Concrete; Bethany Sprinkle to Margaret Bullard; Michael McGee to Bonnie Day and Jean Robertson; Sarah Sprinkle to Wendell and Cathy Stevens; Carly Haworth to Michael Horton; Stratton Hall to Roy Haught; Jonathan McGee to Bashas', Amanda Howard to Wade Parker; Heather McGee to Bashas'; and Amanda Haworth to Cliff Potts.
Making goat sells were Tim Phillips to Bashas' John Wall; Stephanie Wells to Rick Gonzales & Sons Concrete; and Jamie Wells, also to the Gonzales company.
Lanie Simpson had the one sheep that sold in the auction and it was bought by Lisa Johnson.
Ketrina Kueny had the one rabbit sold, and it was bought by Angela Lyons.
Horsemanship was also honored at the fair. In the 4-H Horse Show top awards went to Ashley James, Grand Champion, novice; Ketrina Kueny, Reserve Champion novice; Noelle Gordon, Grand Champion junior; Jordan Hunt, Reserve Champion junior; Amanda Haworth, Grand Champion senior; and Shea Nelson, Reserve Champion senior.
Winning honors in the Open Class Horse Show were Jordan Hunt, Grand Champion novice; Micaela Croy, Reserve Champion novice; Amanda Haworth, Grand Champion junior; Tessa Kary, Reserve Champion junior; Stephanie Bennett, Grand Champion senior; and Kari Wegenke, Reserve Champion senior.
The fair through a pig's eyes
by Jonathan McGee, McGee family 4-H, Young
Hi! My name is Fry, I am 3-1/2 months old and have been fed wonderful crushed corn and green feed.
The reason I got to be Jonathan's pig is his first pig was "fried" by lightning on July 4.
My boy has been very good to me by working with me a lot, so I wouldn't get fat, but have good muscles.
He also helped his brother design a watering system for me and my two penmates.
This year, because of the lightning problem, my boy just concentrated on raising and showing me. But he does have other animals: a rabbit, a dog and a goat.
My boy wants to thank the buyers for coming (even though I know it means my demise) and the Payson Fair for allowing his family to show here.
(Fry is a Duroc from Accamazzo Farms. His boy's parents are Dan and Merrianne McGee. Mrs. McGee is also the leader of the 4-H Club.)