Felicity-Franklin FFA is a constant presence at the Clermont County Fair, with members showing all kinds of animals, competing in the Skillathon, and running for royalty. This year’s chapter president, Erin Jennings, was named 2017 Beef Representative, and last year’s chapter president, Emily Woodall, became this year’s Fair Queen.
Many Felicity students chose to raise animals for this year’s poultry show. Madison Winter, who will be a senior this year, showed the grand champion duck, grand champion goose, and won grand champion waterfowl, making herself a force to be reckoned with in the poultry barn. Ellie Sharp and her sister Kaitlyn Sharp both showed market poultry, as did Aubrie Hauserman, Nina Cadigan, Madison Moore, Cayleigh Donovan and Colton Stamper.
Kolbie Brandenburg, Harlie Brandenburg, and Steven Jones participated in the sheep show this year. Kolbie and Harlie both showed goats as well, with Kolbie winning champion market goat. Harlie won champion breeding doe and Emily Woodall showed the champion market goat in the County Born & Raised Show. Steven Jones raised and sold some division winners as well as the champion rate of gain goat. Olivia Taylor, Amy Davenport, Kaylee Hughes and Logan Wehrum also showed goats. Olivia showed again in the pig show, where fellow member Mallory Taulbee placed fifth overall with her barrow. Mallory’s family also raised the reserve champion gilt and fourth overall barrow. Wyatt Crozier sold pigs in the running in the County Born & Raised Show. Chloe Taulbee placed 4th overall in the barrow show. Members Alex Simmermon, Erin Jennings, and Steven Jones also exhibited hogs.
In the rabbit show, Madison Winter showed again, taking first place in her showmanship class, and showed the first place Mini Rex. She was the grand champion overall showman as well. She was then able to judge both the peewee and adult showmanship classes.
In the beef arena, the champion feeder heifer was raised and shown by Mallory Taulbee’s. Mallory also won her showmanship class. Former Felicity-Franklin FFA member Morgan Smith raised the champion steer and reserve champion feeder steer, and won her showmanship class. 2017 Beef Representative and chapter president Erin Jennings showed cattle also. Clayton Lindsey, Cayleigh Donovan and Alex Simmermon also exhibited beef cattle.
Wyatt Crozier and Jessi Davis exhibited vegetables from their garden and Sarah Hoog displayed her AgriScience Fair project. Chapter Reporter Kyra Davidson painted the FFA flower pot portraying the theme “A great fair because of the people that care”.
Kolbie Brandenburg won the Showman of Showmen contest, proving herself a natural when it comes to showing. In the adult Showman of Showmen contest, former Felicity-Franklin FFA member Carly Bruan took first. Overall, Felicity-Franklin FFA members have proven themselves extraordinary showmen and made their chapter proud.