This year in the exhibit hall at the Neshoba County Fair there were 185 registered youth exhibitors who exhibited 1,441 exhibits and received $5,839.00.

The best of show in food preservation went to Derek Davis, the best of show in fresh fruits & vegetables went to Meah Pinter and the best of show in field crops went to Cody Rogers.

There were 780 blue ribbons handed out, 527 red and 129 white. The top blue ribbon winners went to Daven Alford with 50 blue ribbons/79 exhibits; Chloe Pinter with 34 blue ribbons/69 exhibits; Brody Pinter with 28 blue ribbons/58 exhibits; Derek Davis with 28 blue ribbons/47 exhibits; and Kori Posey with 26 blue ribbons/39 exhibits. The top money winners went to Lee James with $290.00/71 exhibits; Daven Alford with $277.00/79 exhibits; Chloe Pinter with $262.00/69 exhibits; Brody Pinter with $232.00/58 exhibits; and Ethan Breazeale with $221.00/65 exhibits.

PRETTY COW CONTEST WINNERS

In the sixth annual Pretty Cow Competition Hunter and Helen Beason placed first and received $100 for their entry with the slogan "Milk Makes You Happy Happy Happy - That's a Fact Jack."

Other Neshoba County entries included one by Landon Beason with the slogan "Say You Want to Come Inside my Milk Barn? Well All Right! Udder Goodness! How do we Stay Healthy? Let's go get our Mouseketools Oh Toodles It's Time to Get to it! Milk, Ice Cream, Cheese." The other Neshoba County entry was by Micaela Beason with the slogan "Drink Milk for Every Sock Hop and You Will be Rockin' and Rollin' and Having a Milk Shakin' Good Time!"

BEEF SHOW

This year we had eight Neshoba County 4-H'ers to compete in the Beef Show at the Neshoba County Fair. In Showmanship we had the following 4-H'ers to compete. In pre-4-H Cate Cheatham participated; in the 8-10 year old division Cayla Fortenberry participated; in the 11-12 year old division Casea Cheatham, Brody Pinter and Chandler Fortenberry participated; and in the 13-15 year old division Elizabeth Sanders, Summer Sanders and Chloe Pinter participated.

In the Beefmaster Show Brody Pinter placed first in the late junior heifer calf class. Casea Cheatham placed fourth in the early junior heifer calf class. Chloe Pinter placed third in the winter heifer calf class.

In the Angus Show Chandler Fortenberry placed first and Cayla Fortenberry placed third in the senior heifer calf class. Chandler Fortenberry placed second and third in the early junior yearling heifer class.

In the Other Breeds Show Elizabeth Sanders and Summer Sanders exhibited Simmental cattle. Elizabeth Sanders exhibited the third place junior yearling bull. Summer Sanders exhibited the late junior yearling heifer.

Congratulations to the Neshoba County beef families for placing third in the Herdsman Award competition.

DAIRY SHOW

This year we had nine 4-H'ers to participate in the Dairy Show at the Neshoba County Fair. In Showmanship in pre-4-H Landon Beason, Will Huffman and Sam Huffman participated. In the 8-10 year old division Logan Nowell placed fourth. Helen Beason and Hunter Beason also participated. In the 11-12 year old division Mattie Kaitlyn Nowell placed first and Micaela Beason placed second. In the 16-18 year old division Cole Beason placed first.

In the winter heifer Jersey calf class Micaela Beason placed third. In the fall heifer Jersey calf class Micaela Beason placed first and Cole Beason placed second and third. In the summer yearling Jersey heifer class Cole Beason placed first. In the winter yearling Jersey heifer class Logan Nowell placed second and Hunter Beason placed sixth. In the fall yearling Jersey heifer class Cole Beason placed first, Micaela Beason placed second and Mattie Kaitlyn Nowell placed fourth. The Junior Champion Jersey was awarded to Cole Beason's summer yearling heifer. The Reserve Junior Champion Jersey was awarded to Cole Beason's fall yearling heifer.

In the junior 2 year old Jersey class Micaela Beason placed first and Hunter Beason placed second. In the senior 2 year old Jersey class Hunter Beason placed first. In the 3 year old Jersey cow class Hunter Beason placed first. In the 4 year old Jersey cow class Cole Beason placed first.

The Senior Champion and Grand Champion Jersey was awarded to Cole Beason's 4 year old Jersey cow. The Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Jersey was awarded to Hunter Beason's 2 year old Jersey cow.

Cole Beason was awarded first place for the Best of Show dairy animal with his Grand Champion Jersey. Cole was also awarded the James Moore Memorial award which is given to the senior 4-H member who best exhibits the leadership and sportsmanship qualities through the years in the 4-H dairy project.

Neshoba County 4-H'ers placed first in the county herd competition and placed second in the herdsman award competition. Congratulations to all the 4-H'ers who participated in this year's Neshoba County Fair.

UPCOMING EVENTS

• Aug. 22 - Livestock Ethics Training and Planning Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Coliseum.

• Aug. 23 - State Fair Entry Deadline.

• Aug. 24 - Hunter Education, 8 a.m., Senior Citizens Center, Northside Park.

• Aug. 26 - 4-H Horse Club Meeting, 6 p.m., Coliseum.

• Aug. 30 - Leadership Neshoba Application Deadline, Applications available in the County 4-H Office and the School Counselor's Office.

Until next week, get into 4-H!