Locals compete at Farm Show

Laura Medved of Union Dale, Zeb Swartley of Friendsville and Kathy Merritt of Nicholson were among a host of participants who did  Susquehanna County proud at the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show just concluded.

Medved took nine first places in 24 dairy goat competitions including Nubian Reserve Grand Champion.

In 4-H competition, Swartley received two first places for printing and painting, as well as two seconds and a third in othe areas. His brother George took a third in the 4-H posters category.

In the Canned Foods Open Area, Merritt took firsts for her berry jam and her strawberry jam, as well as four seconds and a third.

In the 4-H Youth Crafts, Darren Wallace of Thompson took a first for a stuffed toy. Benjamin Prentice of Susquehanna took a second in the 4-H textile Science area. Jamie Supancik of New Milford took second in the 4-H Opportunities area.

In the market swine area, Jamie also took fourth in her division and sister Katelyn Supancek took eighth in her division. Greeg Kowalewski of Forest City took a sixth in his category and Kennidy Finch of Springville took a 10th in her category.

In market lambs, Emily Supancik took a second in her category, and Devin and Dempsey Hollenbeck of Kingsley took fifths in separate categories of junior crossbred lambs while brother Dylan took an eighth in his lamb’s weight category.

In the Apiary Products category, Joshua Rose of New Milfoord took two thirds and a fourth for Mead, as well as a fifth and a sixth for honey products.

Marcie Babbitt of New Milford took a second, two thirds, a fourth, two sevenths and a ninth for different honey products competitions and a third in open baked products.

From Wyoming County, Ian Heeman, an Elk Lake High School student was also the Grand Champion in the Junior Meat-Breeding Goat area.

Heeman also received two other firsts, a seventh and a fifteenth placefor his junior meat (Boer) goats.