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FFA members bring home several state fair awards

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By The Staff

Taylor County Future Farmers of America members competed at the Kentucky State Fair on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14-15.

Entries were exhibited in corn, hay, tobacco, soybeans, plants, horticulture and fresh floral arrangements. Also, competition was held in welding, seed identification, livestock judging, dairy judging, agriculture mechanics and auctioneering.

There were 16 floral exhibits all receiving blue or red ribbons, which represent the top two-thirds of the competition. There were 41 entries of hay.

Myles Spurling received eighth place on his bale of hay. There were 14 blue ribbons, 11 red ribbons and five white ribbons received.

Competing on the welding team were Kayla Cash, Jacob Noel, Dusty Cox and Dustin Begley. They received eighth place. The seed ID participant was Shannon Bishop. She placed 16th.

Receiving 13th place was the livestock judging team consisting of Dusty Cox, Matthew Feather and Rikki Phillips. Members of the dairy judging team included Chris Thomas, Dylan Barber, James Malone and Katie Risen. They received third place overall and will represent Kentucky at the North American International Livestock exposition in November.

The Ag Mechanics team received second place. Participants include Steven Brockman, Kassy Goodwin and Chris Sapp. Sapp was the state high individual.

Chris Thomas showed his Hersey and Ayrshire cows and calves. He received first place in Jersey showmanship and the Ayrshire 2-year-old class and reserve grand champion for both cows, along with two second-place awards with numerous other ribbons.

Marsha Kessler led the way in the competition with a win in the state FFA auctioneering contest. She was the first female winner of the contest, and only the second first-time competitor to win. Her brother, John Wayne Kessler, and her father, John Kessler are also past winners of the competition.