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Market mastery: 4-H group takes top honors at State Fair
Members of the Middle Fork Meaters 4-H livestock club earned multiple awards and ribbons showing their livestock at the Evegreen State Fair this summer in Monroe.
The Snoqualmie Valley club’s five participants entered seven market animals, including two hogs, four lambs, and a steer.
The exhibitors were judged on how well they have raised, trained and fitted their animals for market, and on how well they presented their animals to the judge.
Cole Barthels of Fall City was awarded Grand Champion hog and Grand Champion Senior Showman; brother Cody Barthels took the Reserve Intermediate Champion prize for his market Lamb; Jake Stringfellow of North Bend was Reserve Intermediate Champion Showman and raised the Reserve Champion Market Lamb; brother Andrew Stringfellow of North Bend earned Reserve Champion with his feeder market steer and Champion in Herdsmanship and Beef Bowl; and Jack Hamerly of Snoqualmie earned Champion Showman with his market lamb in the Novice division.
The Middle Fork Meaters fund their projects by raising and marketing their livestock, and by fundraising in their club. Anyone interested in purchasing or supporting beef, lamb, or pork projects can contact the club at (425) 888-9170.