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Nash youth earn top spots in Meat Animal Show
Nash County took all three spots in Senior Showmanship for lambs. Pictured (L-R) is: Rebecca Peede, third place, Judge Colby Ferguson, Courtney Hyman, second place and Maryanna Bennett, first place. (Contributed Photos)
Nash County 4-H’ers fared well in the 73rd annual Eastern Carolina 4-H Meat Animal Show and Sale, held April 6 and 7 in Rocky Mount.

Mark Hucks, Nash County Agriculture Extension Agent, said all the kids worked hard to prepare for this year’s show.

“I think the kids worked real hard and it showed,” Hucks said. “I thought it went well. We were excited that we did as well as we did.”

Nash County youth dominated the lamb show, finishing in the top four spots in Lamb Showmanship as well as in Sr. Showmanship for lambs. In the Jr. Showmanship division, a Nash County girl earned the second spot.

Kayla Hartsell earned the Grand Champion spot in Lamb Showmanship and Maryanna Bennett earned the Reserve Champion spot. Rebecca Peede and Taylor Joyner won third and fourth place spots, respectively.

In Senior Showmanship for Lambs, Maryanna Bennett, Courtney Hyman and Rebecca Peede won the top three seats. Kayla Hartsell won second place in Junior Showmanship for Lambs.

“We got the majority of the lamb show,” Hucks said.

But Nash youth fared well in other events as well.

Logan Tyson was the Grand Champion for Goat Showmanship. Logan also won first place in Junior Showmanship in Goats with Taylor Tyson coming in second in that category. And in Senior Showmanship for Goats, Amanda Dickson and Brittany Wind won second and third place spots.

Two Nash County youth were also the top winners for Steer Showmanship. Ben LaHay was the Grand Champion for Steer Showmanship and Morgan Gay was the Reserve Champion. In the Jr. Showmanship for Steer, Emmett LaHay came in third place. For Senior Showmanship, Ben LaHay and Morgan Gay won first and second place spots.

In swine, Gray Batchelor was the Reserve Champion for a pen of three. George Joyner won second place in Junior Showmanship for Swine.

Hucks said participation from buyers was also great this year.

“Attendance was excellent,” he said. “Nash county had a good turnout. We were pleased with what materialized. We got the animals sold.”

Hucks said each year, area businesses step up and show their support for the Meat Animal Show. Without their support, he said, the show wouldn’t be a success.

“The only way this happens is by the unique and tremendous financial support that we get from the Rocky Mount area,” Hucks said. “Most of the money the kids receive from this go into college education.”

Hucks said regardless of the outcome or where youth placed, everyone did an outstanding job and should be commended.

“It’s not whether they win or lose,” he said. “It’s how hard they try and how honest they are with it. We are very proud of the effort they put into it.”

“You can’t help but admire a youngester that wants to get out there and work,”  Hucks added.

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