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Vermont 4-H'ers Place First at Several "Big E" Dairy Events

Vermont took first in a double-elimination quiz bowl competition at Eastern States Exposition, Sept. 15 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. From left: Judith Vaughan, Newbury (coach); Kennedy Moore, Reading; Aislynn Farr, Richmond; Hillary Mitchell, Morrisville; Elizabeth Menard, Fairfield; and Sara Kirby, East Montpelier (head coach). (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)

Burlington--Vermont 4-H'ers saw epic wins at Eastern States Exposition where they competed in several 4-H dairy events against top competitors from the other New England states.

These events were held Sept. 14-16 at the "Big E" in West Springfield, Massachusetts. They included a general knowledge contest, quiz bowl, clipping contest and judging.

In the general knowledge contest Abagail Hurd, Hardwick, came in second; Elizabeth Menard, Fairfield, eighth; and Kennedy Moore, Reading, tenth, in the senior division for ages 15 and older. In the junior division, ages 11-14, Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier, was third and Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge, sixth.

Vermont placed first in quiz bowl competition. High individual scorers included Kennedy Moore, Reading, fifth, and Elizabeth Menard, Fairfield, eighth. Aislyn Farr, Richmond, and Hillary Mitchell, Morrisville, also competed on this team.

In the clipping contest the state team grabbed another first place, scoring 96 out of a possible 100 points. Each team had one hour to prepare their animal for show. Members of this team were Isabel Hall and Caroline Kirby, both from East Montpelier; and Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge.

Vermont sent two teams to Eastern States for the judging competition in which the 4-H'ers were asked to evaluate 12 classes of various cattle breeds and provide oral reasons for two classes. The scores of all members of each team were combined to determine team rankings.

The Vermont A Team, comprised of Seth Carson, Newbury; Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; Maddie Nadeau; Holland; and Ryanne Nadeau, Derby; captured first place overall in the nine-team competition. The team also ranked first for judging Brown Swiss and Holstein and for giving oral reasons, second for Jersey and Milking Shorthorn, third for Guernsey and seventh for Ayrshire.

The Vermont B Team came in fourth overall. That team included Ted Hartsock, Lyndonville; Alexis Lawson, Sutton; and Joseph Real, Georgia. The team took first place for judging Jerseys, third for Brown Swiss, Holstein and reasons; fourth for Milking Shorthorn; sixth for Ayrshires; and seventh for Guernseys.

Vermonters placing in the top 15 for high individual judging scores were Seth Carson, first; Maddie Nadeau, fifth; Isabel Hall, eighth; Joseph Real, eleventh; Ted Hartsock, twelfth; and Alexis Lawson, thirteenth. Team members also took four of the top five placings for oral reasons with Isabel, first; Seth, second; Maddie, fourth; and Joseph, fifth.

To learn more about the UVM Extension 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at