Seeking Success at the State Fair

Makiya McClellan


This year several of our Crook County FFA Chapter members participated in the Oregon State Fair. The competition categories included livestock judging, tractor driving, swine, sheep, goat cattle and horse.  Members brought breeding and market animals, competed in showmanship and equitation classes.  This was a fun learning experience and despite the hot, long days, our chapter brought home some hard earned ribbons and awards!

Cade Ostrander had several State fair accomplishments including 1st place market hog showman in the livestock holders contest during the judging contest, Oregon State Fair FFA outstanding Swine Herdsman and 9th place in tractor driving. Raquel Middaugh also had a outstanding showing at the State fair, receiving 2nd place in her gilt class and 3rd place in her showmanship class. Together Ostrander an Middaugh placed 2nd in overall swine herdsmanship.  Rehgan Dill also had a rewarding State Fair, she participated in a number of equine classes and showed the champion Shorthorn female. Riley Box entered his doe kid goat which earned him a 2nd place in his class. Lastly, but certainly not least, Hannah Worlein participated as a graduate in the sheep barn.  She showed a class winning ewe lamb and was the reserve champion sheep showman at the fair.  It takes hard work and dedication hauling your animal’s over the mountain and caring for them in a different environment and climate, congratulations to all who participated representing Crook County FFA.

Our team also participated in Livestock judging. The advanced team included Paige Clark, Makiya McClellan, Abby Papke, and Riley Box. Together they placed 6th overall in the state contest, a great accomplishment.  Ashlynn Hacker, Daisy Forseth, Tansy Clark and Jacie Kelley also participated in judging and questions as beginners.

Overall we had a fun, successful learning experience and together we make a great team.  We are looking forward to the state fair in August where we hope to build on these successes.