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Butler High School grad named event's outstanding youth

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The Big Butler Fair recognized these Butler County 4-H and FFA members for achievement:

Outstanding Youth: Sarah Laughlin of Butler; finalists, Sara Lang of Harrisville, Jonny Merten of Evans City, Devin Campbell of Chicora, and Brock King of Butler.

4-H and FFA Livestock Judging: Brock King, high point individual in the senior division; Jacob Kennedy of Valencia, intermediate division; David Schultheis of Karns City, junior division.

Horse and Pony division award: Shelby Miller of Zelienople, Grooming and Showmanship, Senior; Madeline McEachin of West Sunbury, Grooming and Showmanship, Intermediate; and Macie Helch of Chicora, Grooming and Showmanship, Junior.

Champion Contest Horse award: Mariah Helch of Chicora.

Champion Contest Pony: Allie Palmer of Slippery Rock.

Champion Western Horse: Madeline McEachin

Champion Western Pony: Allie Palmer.

Champion English Pony: Madison Helch of Chicora.

Dairy Division: Trisha Covert of Chicora, Showmanship, ages 16-21; and Robin Peters of Connoquenessing, Showmanship, ages 14-15; Jacob Kennedy of Valencia, Showmanship, ages 12-13; Madalyn Fry of Butler, Showmanship, ages 10-11; and Emma Bowser of Slippery Rock, Showmanship, ages 8-9.

Best 4-H or FFA animal: Charlene Rosenberger of Sarver, Jersey; Robin Peters, of Connoquenessing, Holstein and Ayrshire; R.J. Fisher of Portersville, Brown Swiss; and Trisha Covert, Guernsey.

Best 4-H or FFA Supreme Reserve Grand Champion All Breeds: Robin Peters.

Best 4-H or FFA Supreme Junior Grand Champion All Breeds: Mark Galante of Butler.

Best 4-H or FFA Supreme Reserve Grand Champion All Breeds: Trisha Covert.

Best 4-H or FFA Supreme Reserve Junior Grand Champion All Breeds: Robin Peters.

Beef cattle division: Sara Lang, Showmanship, ages 16-21; Shane Harvey of Chicora, Showmanship, ages 14-15; Makayla King of Karns City, Showmanship, ages 12-13; and Taylor Kennedy of Valencia, Showmanship, ages 10-11.

Grand Champion Market Steer: Makayla King.

Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer: Jonny Merten.

Supreme Heifer: Shane Harvey.

Sheep division: Joshua DiPippa of Renfrew, Showmanship, ages 16-21; Alyssa DiPippa of Renfrew, Showmanship, ages 14-15; Codi Misera of Butler, Showmanship, ages 12-13; Benjamin Drake of Slippery Rock, Showmanship, ages 10-11; and David Schultheis, Showmanship, ages 8-9.

Grand Champion Market Lamb: Brooklyn Peters of Connoquenessing

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb: Jacob Kennedy.

Supreme Ewe: Sara Lang.

Swine Division: Sarah Laughlin of Butler, Showmanship, ages 16-21; Hannah Govan of Valencia, Showmanship, ages 14-15; Julianna DiPippa of Renfrew, Showmanship, ages 12-13; and Taylor Kennedy, Showmanship, ages 10-11.

Grand Champion Market Hog: Hannah Govan.

Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog: Sarah Laughlin.

Supreme Gilt: Taylor Kennedy. Dairy goat division: Stacy Arner of Valencia, Showmanship, ages 16-21; Ashley Frye of Evans City. Showmanship, ages 14-15; Ivie Scott of Butler, Showmanship, ages 10-11; Apryl Scott of Butler, Showmanship, ages 8-9.

Rabbit Division: Robert Vaerewyck of Tarentum, Showmanship, ages 16-21; Shirlann Harmon of Evans City, Showmanship, ages 12-13; and Jonathan Harmon of Evans City, Showmanship, ages 8-9.

Grand Champion All Breeds: Shirlann Harmon.

Reserve Grand Champion All Breeds: Riley Rodgers of Butler.

Home and Garden Division: Julie Worst of Butler, Senior Girl or Boy award; Shirlann Harmon, Intermediate Girl or Boy award; and Tyler Young of Butler, Junior Girl or Boy award.


By Bill Vidonic

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Sarah Laughlin said she never misses the opportunity to educate someone about farm animals at the annual Big Butler Fair.

“Children will come to the fair, and they'll say, ‘I like your goat,' but then I'll say, ‘No, actually, it's a sheep.' You're teaching children the difference between the animals, and I love that part. They get to pet pigs and lambs, and they never have before.”

The Butler County Fair named Laughlin, 18, of Connoquenessing Township as its outstanding youth.

Laughlin, 18, who graduated in June from Butler High School, said she got the top honor not only because of her own presentation at the fair, but also because she helped others, including one friend to shear lambs.

“I was in the barns and helping people,” Laughlin said.

She also won the reserve grand champion market hog title and got first place in showmanship for ages 16-21 in the swine division.

Her family, including parents Ken and Joyce Laughlin, owns a 10-acre farm housing pigs, sheep and sometimes cattle. Her uncle, Harold Dunn, of Butler Township, founded a 4-H club, the Butler Junior Agriculturalists.

“It's a family-oriented thing,” Laughlin said. “My cousins are in it, and I can spend a lot of time with them. I have a very big, close family. I love agriculture.”

Laughlin begins classes at Westminster College in the fall, working toward an accounting degree.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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