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McLean Co. Fair Grand Champions 08/05/06

McLean Co. Fair Grand Champions 08/05/06

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BLOOMINGTON — Ten youngsters won grand champion designations during livestock events at the McLean County Fair on Thursday and Friday. Results were released Saturday.

Swine market pairs

Chandler Bane, 11, a sixth-grader at Tri-Valley School, won champion purebred market pairs. His Yorkshires were bred by Richard Hurley of Chenoa.

The son of Sam and Pam Bane of Arrowsmith is a member of Ellsworth Tip Toppers and also showed the champion mini rex rabbit at this year's fair.

He said he learned a great deal about feeding and showing pigs this year and is looking forward to showing his pigs at the Illinois State Fair.

Purebred gilt

John Schuler, 15, a freshman at Lexington High School, won for his Yorkshire named Beauty. The 7-month-old purebred gilt was raised on the family farm and its mother is a sibling to the reserve grand champion boar at the World Pork Expo.

The son of John and Kelly Schuler of Lexington is a member of Blue Ribbon Kids and has shown champion animals at FFA, the Illinois State Fair and Fairbury Fair. The experience taught him to keep a good work ethic and be responsible.

Crossbred gilt

David Schuler, 19, a Lexington High School graduate, won for his crossbred named Lil J-Lo. The 7-month-old gilt can chew bubble gum and do barrel rolls.

The son of John and Kelly Schuler of Lexington is a member of Blue Ribbon Kids and has won champion barrow the past two years and at the Illinois State Fair. The experience taught him about dedication, time management, good work ethic and how to budget money.

Llama

Crystal Brandt, 17, a senior at Tri-Valley High School, won grand champion llama for her 20-month-old named Ariana, who was bred at Sunset Hill Farm.

The daughter of Larry and Julie Brandt is a member of Bits N Boots and has shown her animal at ALSA shows, where she already has qualified for national competition. The experience taught her how to be a good showman by learning to correct flaws.

Ewe

Marissa Rader, 15, a freshman at Olympia High School, won grand champion ewe for her Lincoln yearling, which she bred and raised.

The daughter of Mike and Nila Rader of Danvers is a member of Blazing Saddles club. She previously won Lincoln grand champion pair lambs.

Ram

Jacob Mohr, 12, a seventh-grader at Parkside Junior High School, won grand champion ram for his 7-month-old Oxford that was bred from Mohr O-24 and WWSF 03-04.

The son of Brian and Jill Mohr of Carlock is a member of Ardent Tillers. He showed champion animals last year and for three years at the county fair and state fair junior show. The experience taught him to stay calm and relaxed.

Poultry showmanship

Lis Troyer, 19, a sophomore at University of Illinois, won miscellaneous poultry senior showmanship with for her white Pekin duck.

The daughter of Larry and Cathy Troyer of Hudson is a member of Greenleafers and has won champion in most poultry areas through her career. The experience taught her information about the breed, animal care and the shelter required.

Waterfowl, miscellaneous poultry

Molly Baker, 15, a sophomore at Ridgeview High School, won champion waterfowl and champion miscellaneous poultry for her Pekin ducks and Bourbon Red turkeys that were hatched on the family farm.

The daughter of David and Susan Baker of Arrowsmith is a member of Over the Top club. She also showed grand champions last year and said she's learned patience and comparisons between wild turkeys and domestics.

The turkey was hatched in January and after he hatched, the hen tried to take it for a walk in the snow.

Separating male and female ducks is always a wild roundup, she said.

Poultry junior showmanship

Bailey Bauer, 10, a fourth-grader at Olympia North Elementary, won champion miscellaneous poultry junior showmanship with her 15-week-old quail, which was only a day old when she got it from Sand Prairie Quail Farm in Iowa.

The daughter of Derek and Valerie Bauer of Stanford is a member of Olympia Pacesetters. This was her second year to show. Last year, she received second in her class and reserve champion. She's learned how to raise quail, determine their age by their wings and the natural habitat and diseases of quail.

She has worked with her quail so much that they know her when she comes to their kennel and will follow her around.

Dairy doe

Lee Bergfield, 17, a senior at Judah Christian, won grand champion dairy doe for his 3-year-old Saanen goat named Buick Cielo.

The son of Don and Carol Bergfield of Bellflower is a member of Pride of the Prairie. He has won county fair titles five times and state fair titles three times.

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