Livestock Show at the Newport Fairgrounds displays local talent

Pandemic or not, the Craig County 4-H Livestock Club was determined to host a 2020 Livestock Show. Although this year’s corona virus made plans a bit more complicated, the club pulled it off on August 8 when youth from Craig County and Giles County gathered at the Newport Fairgrounds for their first livestock show in several years.

It was the first year owning sheep for Randalyn Taylor and Simon Weyant, they properly prepared their animals for show with help from Claire Deplazes and Morgan Beane. Beane, an experienced sheep exhibitor decided to broaden her horizon and is raising and showing beef heifers this year.

The Talbert family brought their little ones, Kreed and Kinsley, to show sheep and goats. Cloverbud Evie Dudding brought her yearling steer and heifers as well as young goats to exhibit. Regina Wrzosek came to help Morgan and showed in the non-ownership division for beef, sheep, and goats as well as the other kids in the club.

The non-ownership division gives the kids a chance to see if they might want to show a certain species that they do not own or perhaps they just were unable to bring their animals to the show that day.

Results for the Craig County 4-H Livestock Club Members are as follows:

  • Claire Deplazes won the grand and reserve champions in the commercial ewe and market lamb divisions. She also was senior sheep showman champion and first place in the beef non-owner showmanship class.
  • Morgan Beane won first place in the sheep and second place in the goat non-owner showmanship classes. She also was first place with her heifer Rona in the junior heifer class in the beef division.
  • Randalyn Taylor was second place in her commercial ewe class and in her market lamb class. She was first place in the intermediate sheep showmanship class.
  • Simon Weyant was second in his commercial ewe class and second in his market lamb class. He also placed second in the intermediate sheep showmanship class. Simon tried his hand in showing goats and placed third in the non-owner showmanship class.
  • Kylee Gilreath placed second in the beef non-owner showmanship class, and third in the sheep non-owner showmanship class.



  • Submitted by Sally Farrell, 4-H Youth Extension Agent

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