Incoming Madison-Plains sophomore Jacob Petee brought home the bacon for the second time this week, taking home the 2015 Madison County Jr. Fair Grand Showman of Showmen prize Friday night at Eby Arena.
A member of the Madison-Plains FFA, Petee said he would not have been able to win the top award without the support of his family.
“(I feel) pretty good,” he said.
Petee won showman of showmen at the Madison County Jr. Fair Swine Show Wednesday, qualifying him for Friday’s show. He said his interest in working with swine began as a child, when he saw his aunt doing it.
“It’s been my goal ever since,” he said.
The stands were filled for the build-up event of the long week, as onlookers without seats stood along the arena’s walls.
The competition included the following competitors and categories: Zane Davison (beef), Olivia Finke (dairy), Alyson Petee (equine), Christopher Young (goat), Marina Sweet (poultry), Brooks Barber (rabbit), Clayton Gallagher (sheep) and Jacob Petee (swine).
The poultry category was eliminated from the show, because of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s decision to cancel all poultry shows in the state because of the spread of a highly-contagious avian flu. However, poultry show winner Marina Sweet still participated.
Executive Director of the Madison County Jr. Fair Bryan Wilson said all the participants in the evening’s show put in a lot of effort.
“All of them worked hard,” he said. “This is a big event for us.”
Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.
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