4-H members place at Farm Show
Nine Indiana County 4-H members exhibited more than 75 entries in family living programs at the 98th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show recently.
Six members and two Cloverbuds also competed and placed in the potato grading and identification contest. The family living entries garnered seven first-place awards, nine second places, 13 third places, two fourth places, two fifth places and six honorable mentions.
There were several awards in youth and open foods classes. Abby Zyhowski won several awards with her canned goods including first in preserves and dried mixed fruit, second in dried mushrooms and dried mixed vegetables, and third in dried pears, dried corn and dried beans. Leader Connie Bruner entered 16 canned good items and placed second in carrots.
Abigail Zyhowski earned several baked product awards including first in fruit bread, second in youth white yeast bread, third in youth candy and youth specialty cookies, and fourth in fruit cake.
Six members represented the county in the 4-H potato grading and identification contest. A team of Jesse Isenberg, Olivia Long and Abigail Bruner finished third in the “A” division. The county “B” team of Ivy Long, Amber Long and Elizabeth Bruner placed fifth in their division. John Clark Bruner and Kaycee Long also participated in the event as Cloverbuds. The teams were accompanied by leaders Clark and Connie Bruner and parents Justin and Wendy Long and Alisa Isenberg.
In 4-H clothing classes, Elizabeth Bruner placed first with her Sew Much Fun other garment and third with her Separates item. Abigail Bruner earned a third place in the Sew Much Fun class. The county also had entries in Farm Show Fashions With A Flair with Elizabeth Bruner and Abigail Bruner. Mary Ann Ostach, Katelin Olson and Abigail Zyhowski also entered 4-H clothing classes.
Abigail Zyhowski entered open craft and hobby classes and earned a first place in pottery and an honorable mention in large tote bag.
County members also had several winners in 4-H Opportunities. First-place honors went to Elizabeth Bruner, Meet the Plants propagated plant, and William McConnell, Woodworking for Wildlife.
Second-place finishers were Alexis McConnell, Woodworking for Wildlife; Abigail Bruner, Meet the Plants; William McConnell, Sport Fishing; Natalie Pavlik, Pet Care Poster; Mary Ann Ostach, Veterinary Science Poster and Photography. Third-place finishers were William McConnell, Safety Poster; Abigail Bruner, Shooting Sports Poster; Elizabeth Bruner, Large Animal Poster and Learning About Horses display; and Natalie Pavlik, Small Animal Poster. Abigail Bruner and Elizabeth Bruner earned honorable mention in the Small Animal Poster category.
The county had 13 photography entries. Alexis McConnell placed fourth for her scenic color photo and fifth for domestic animal color photo. Honorable mention went to Mary Ann Ostach, still life, black and white and to Natalie Pavlik for domestic animals, black and white and children, black and white.
The Bruner family — John Clark, Abigail and Elizabeth — also had 10 nut entries, with Elizabeth placing fifth in nut bread.
The Great Egg-spectations Club placed third in the promotional exhibit class. The Bunny Bunch and Northern Dairy also entered promotional displays.
Eight members exhibited 11 head of livestock. Members showed market sheep, goats and swine, returning home with several high placings. In market sheep judging, Justin Alter placed second with his crossbred lamb. Other county placings were Madison McGinnis, third, Hampshire; Sydney Baker, fourth, crossbred; Molly Zona, fifth, crossbred; and Jesse Isenberg, eighth, crossbred. Justin Alter, Sydney Baker and Madison McGinnis won Master Showman Awards.
Jesse Isenberg competed in the Outstanding Young Shepherd Program.
In market swine competition, Kelly Pierce took first place in her crossbred class. She also won a Master Showman Award. Jesse Isenberg placed sixth in his crossbred class and received a third-place award for Rate of Gain. Mariah Edgell and Gage Ritchey also competed in the swine show.
Jesse Isenberg also exhibited a market goat and earned a sixth place. In beef breeding classes, Sydney Baker finished fourth with a Limousin summer yearling heifer.