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Stark County BEST Participants

Stark County youth had a successful 2009-2010 BEST season. The BEST Program is a youth recognition program coordinated by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. These youth were recognized during the annual BEST banquet by BEST Sponsoring Partners: Bob Evans, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Green Oak Farms, M.H. Eby and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Pictured from left are: OCA BEST Chairman Todd Pugh, Amber Shoemaker,
Lindsey, Elizabeth and Maverick Pugh, Georgia Kiko, Brandon Klehm and Justin Zwick

The 2009-2010 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on June 5 with its Annual Awards Banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Several representatives of the program’s sponsoring partners were on hand to help with the presentation of more than $25,000 worth of awards in the form of U.S. Savings Bonds, luggage, coats, trophies and show materials. This year’s sponsoring partners included: Bob Evans, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Green Oak Farms, M.H. Eby and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. In addition, a BEST participant was awarded the use for the 2010-2011 BEST season of an 8’ x 26’ livestock trailer donated by Eby Trailers. The winner was drawn from over 2,600 entries based on the number of shows and entries each participant had throughout the November through April season.

The 2009-2010 BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows and weaved its way across the state, from as far west as Greene County to as far east as Tuscarawas County. Over 380 head of cattle and more than 280 youth were entered in the program. The following Stark County youth claimed high honors in their respective divisions:

Georgia Kikoof Louisville exhibited the Reserve Champion Hereford Steer for 2009-2010 that was also named the Fourth Overall Novice Steer. The novice division is for youth who have not previously participated in the BEST Program. Georgia received an embroidered jacket, photo banner, director’s stool and a $100 savings bond for her accomplishments. Georgia is the daughter of George and Becky Kiko.

Brandon Klehmof Minerva was recognized during the banquet for serving as a junior representative to the BEST Committee during the past year. Brandon is continuing his term for one more year and is the son of Darryl Klehm.

Elizabeth Pughof Louisville showed the Champion Maine-Anjou Steer and received an embroidered jacket and a $200 savings bond. Lindsey Pugh exhibited the Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer and earned an embroidered jacket and a $100 savings bond. Maverick Pugh was the exhibitor of the Champion Angus Steer and received an embroidered jacket and $200 savings bond. Elizabeth, Lindsey and Maverick are the children of Todd and Anna Pugh.

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Amber Shoemaker of Louisville showed the Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer and was also the Seventh Overall Senior Showman for 2009-2010. For her accomplishments, Amber received an embroidered jacket and trophy at the banquet. Amber, the daughter of Keith and Dawn Shoemaker, was also recognized for attending all 15 shows.

Justin Zwickof Louisville showed the Champion Market Heifer in the program and received an embroidered jacket and $200 savings bond at the banquet. Justin is the son of Craig and Melanie Zwick.

The Following Stark County youth also participated in the BEST Shows:

Sara Klehm – Angus Heifer

Brandon Klehm – Shorthorn Steer

Drew Sanders – Simmental Steer and Shorthorn Plus Steer

Isabel Kiko– Maine-Anjou Steer

Cassidy Kiko – Hereford Heifer

Congratulations to all Stark County Youth on a Job Well Done!!!



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