The Goat and Rabbit Skillathons, Poultry and Dog Skillathons, and Swine, Beef, Sheep, and Dairy Skillathons were held on June 2, Aug. 5, and Aug. 29, respectively. These Skillathons were an opportunity for Jr. Fair youth to display their knowledge of their 4-H or FFA animal projects.
The youth who entered the skillathons answered questions on their specie’s feeding, care, handling, medication, genetics and breeding, parts of the animal, meat cuts, use of byproducts, and/or breed identification. Senior Divisions are ages 14-18 and Junior Divisions are ages 8-13, except for swine.
The Goat Skillathon winners for 2018 in the Senior Division were: First – Paige Holdridge, Second – Sydney Fahrer, Third – Carisa Hoffman, Fourth – Lydia Heilman, and Fifth – Arika Zeiter. The Junior Division winners were: First – Ella Mishka, Second – Wyatt Borer, Third – Jael Michelson, Fourth – Leah Mishka, and Fifth – Lilly Herr.
The Rabbit Skillathon winners for 2018 in the Senior Division were: First – Cassidy Vanderveer, Second – Sierra Tripp, Third – Hannah Stinson, Fourth – Austin Rearick, and Fifth – Preston Baker. The Junior Division winners were: First – Brady Arnold, Second – Luke Arnold, Third – Riley Studenka, Fourth – Levi Short, and Fifth – Katelyn Hays.
The Poultry Skillathon winners for 2018 in the Senior Division were: First – Taylor Caudill, Second – Courtney Riches, Third – Jessica French, Fourth – Sarayna Russell. The Junior Division winners were: First – Chase Wilkie, Second – Leah Mishka, Third – Brennan Bronson, Fourth – Ella Mishka, and Fifth – Luke Conrad.
The Dog Skillathon winners for 2018 in the Senior Division were: First – Elizabeth Mignin, Second – Leise Hernandez, Third – Nathan Hall. The Junior Division winners were: First – Leah Mishka, Second – Ella Mishka, Third – Chase Wilkie, Fourth – Alyssa Marvin, and Fifth – Breyana Staples.
The Dairy Skillathon winners for 2018 in the Senior Division were: First – Anneli Shaw. The Junior Division winners were: First – Leah Beltran, Second – Daniel Hite, Third – Kennedy Keller, Fourth – Darrah Shaw, and Fifth – Braelyn Rupp.
The Sheep Skillathon winners for 2018 in the Senior Division were: First – Autumn Ehrsam, Second – Emma Vaculik. The Junior Division winners were: First – Karter Zachrich, Second – Hannah Kovar, Third – Kassidy Zientek, Fourth – Jenae Kinsman, and Fifth – Nevaeh Powers. Beck Family Show Lambs of Wauseon and PNC Bank of Wauseon sponsored the Sheep Skillathon cash awards for the First-Third placements in each age division.
Winners of the 2018 Beef Skillathon for the Senior Division were: First – Grace Schnitkey, Second – Allison Herr, Third – Caleb Sager, Fourth – Maurecia Crouch, and Fifth – Kayla Wyse. The Junior Division winners were: First – Nevaeh Powers, Second – Hannah Kovar, Third – Caylee Sager, Fourth – Kendall Wyse, and Fifth – Meegan Gleckler. Alternative Management Resources, Inc., of Swanton sponsored the Beef Skillathon cash awards for the First-Third placements in each age division.
The Swine Skillathon is divided into three age groups and the 2018 winners of the Senior Division, ages 15-18 were: First – Alex Pursel, Second –Taylor Smith, Third – Ashton Dominique, Fourth – Alexandra Gillen, and Fifth – Eli Warncke. Winners in the Intermediate Division, ages 12-14 were: First – Hayley Orzechowski, Second – Maddie Thiel, Third – Nevaeh Powers, Fourth – Shane Suchora, and Fifth – Emma Leininger. Junior Division winners, ages 8-11 were: First – Tristan Flory, Second – Emma Krukowski, Third – Kaleb Wyse, Fourth – Makena Thiel, and Fifth – Ava Genter.
Sponsors of the Swine Skillathon who provided First- Third place cash awards to the winners in each age division were: Just Mulch of Archbold; J & B Feed of Wauseon; and Friends of Everett & Virginia Ricker who were past sponsors of the Swine Skillathon. Rosettes for First-Third places were donated by the Fulton County Pork Producers.
The Outstanding Market Exhibitor Award is given to one exhibitor from each of the following species: swine, beef, and sheep. That $1,000 award, presented at the Fulton County Fair, is based on the Junior Fair Exhibitor’s skillathon score, showmanship placing, and market class placing.
The Outstanding Market Exhibitor for Swine for 2018 was Nevaeh Powers, daughter of Ryan and Amy of Fayette. Sponsors of this award were: Moorman ShowTec Feeds of Archbold, Fayette Feed Mill of Fayette, and Gerald Grain Center of Archbold.
The winner of the 2018 Outstanding Market Exhibitor for Beef award was Grace Schnitkey, daughter of Sheri Lechleidner and Chad Schnitkey of Wauseon. This award was sponsored by Alternative Management Resources, Inc. of Swanton and Pettisville Grain Company.
The Outstanding Market Exhibitor for Sheep for 2018 was Hannah Kovar, daughter of Terry and Jean of Fayette. PNC Bank of Wauseon sponsored the cash award and the Craig Goldsmith Family formerly of Wauseon sponsored a trophy in memory of Hollis Richer.