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Agriculture Press Release

April 5, 1999

Champion Youth and Animals Recognized at State Fair

TALLAHASSEE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford has recognized winners in the Champion Youth and Champion of Champions livestock exhibition programs at the Florida State Fair.

The Champion Youth program recognizes and rewards 4-H and FFA youth for their participation and achievements in a variety of educational activities related to their animal project. This program is in addition to the Champion Animal program that is based on the quality of the livestock they raise and exhibit. The program culminates in the Champion of Champions competition for top exhibitors in each of eight youth livestock shows.

Initiated at the fair last year, the program enhances the educational value of the livestock shows, while linking monetary rewards more to an exhibitors participation and achievements. The program replaces traditional youth steer and swine auctions.

"I congratulate the more than 700 young people from around the state who participated in the livestock shows at this years fair, and I especially applaud the efforts and achievements of winners in the Champion Youth program," Crawford said.

Amanda Perry of Summerfield, in Marion County, won the Champion of Champions competition and a $3,000 Savings Bond. She also won Champion Youth honors in the Youth Swine Show.

Krista Renner of Ocala, also in Marion County, took second place in the Champion of Champions event, winning a $2,500 Savings Bond. She also was Champion Youth in the Youth Sheep Show. Other winners in the Champion of Champions competition and Champion Youth program were, in order of placing:

Champion of Champions: Caneale Adele Hoshaw, Ocoee (3rd); Stacy Revels, Bushnell (4th); Sarah Welton, Clermont (5th); Rodger McDowell, Frostproof (6th).

Champion Youth:

Steer: Earl Jones Jr., Trenton; Amy Jo Caruthers, Oxford; Caneale Adele Hoshaw, Ocoee; Joanna Vickers, Myakka City.

Beef: Rodger McDowell, Frostproof; Lauren Dillard, San Antonio; Stacy Revels, Bushnell; Rebecca Hamilton, Riverview.

Swine: Amanda Perry, Summerfield; Amy Jo Caruthers, Oxford; Ashley Newsome, Riverview; Jennifer Channell, Tampa.

Sheep: Krista Renner, Ocala; Brittany Clenney, Plant City; Erica Der, Plant City; Jackie Harrington, Miami.

Rabbit: Amber Emmons, Deland; Sheyenne Barber, Spring Hill; Rebecca Herbert, Tampa; Kelli Harman, Tampa.

Goat: Sarah Welton, Clermont; Laura Welton, Clermont; Amanda Gray, Elkton; Kelly Duggar, Tallahassee.

Dairy: Stacy Revels, Bushnell; Jennifer Clements, Okeechobee; Emily Clements, Okeechobee; Ashley Suralis, Brandon.

Poultry: Amy Suralis, Brandon; Carla Channell, Tampa; Becki Jean Brooks, Mango; Amy Stephens, Lutz.

The next Florida State Fair is scheduled for Feb. 10-21, 2000. For information about the youth livestock programs, contact:

Agribusiness Department
Florida State Fair
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, FL 33680

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For more information:

Lisa Hinton
(800) 345-FAIR


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