Meridian FFA ‘Learns to Do, Does to Learn and Earns to Live’ at Canyon County Fair

By Loretta Lacy

Meridian FFA Reporter

Published on August 26, 2016 2:51PM

Photo by Christy CortezElise Campbell represents Meridian FFA in the beef animal area.

Photo by Christy CortezElise Campbell represents Meridian FFA in the beef animal area.

Photo by Julie Nesbitt.Grand Champion FFA Dairy Showman Kristin Nesbitt.  Kristin went on to become Grand Champion FFA Showman in the Large Animal Round Robin.

Photo by Julie Nesbitt.Grand Champion FFA Dairy Showman Kristin Nesbitt. Kristin went on to become Grand Champion FFA Showman in the Large Animal Round Robin.

Photo by Dawn Smith
Reserve Champion FFA Sheep Showman Hannah Smith poses with her Reserve Champion Natural Lamb.

Photo by Dawn Smith Reserve Champion FFA Sheep Showman Hannah Smith poses with her Reserve Champion Natural Lamb.

Photo by Jaynie HortonReserve Champion FFA Dairy Showman Siera Horton with her Reserve Champion Jr. Jersey Heifer.

Photo by Jaynie HortonReserve Champion FFA Dairy Showman Siera Horton with her Reserve Champion Jr. Jersey Heifer.

Photo by Ellie HigginsFrom left, Zach Ball and Cody Ball set up their lambs for inspection.

Photo by Ellie HigginsFrom left, Zach Ball and Cody Ball set up their lambs for inspection.

Photo by Ellie Higgins Loretta Lacy places in the top five of FFA Sheep Showmen at Canyon County Fair.

Photo by Ellie Higgins Loretta Lacy places in the top five of FFA Sheep Showmen at Canyon County Fair.


Starting on July 26, the Canyon County Fair was held at the Caldwell, Idaho, fairgrounds.

Canyon County Fair lasted for six days and ended on July 31. This fair gives Meridian FFA members the chance to show and sell the livestock they’ve been raising and working with as their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) for the past year. We had 33 members show livestock at this fair this year.

The following members showed swine:

• Ashlee Bowen

• Zack Davis (3rd in FFA Swine Showmanship)

The following members showed dairy heifers:

• Kristin Nesbitt (Grand Champion FFA Dairy Showman and Grand Champion FFA Round Robin)

• Sierra Horton (Reserve Champion FFA Dairy Showman and Reserve Grand Champion Jr. Jersey Heifer)

• Mollie Hiscox

• Cameron King

• Ashton Shaul

• Jordyn Bettencourt

• Kayla Shubert

The following members showed dairy goats:

• Maddie Bennett (Grand Champion FFA Goat Showman)

• Kaitlyn Steppe

The following members showed meat goats:

• Maddie Bennett (4th in FFA Goat Showmanship)

• Ryan Bennett

Elise Campbell placed first in her beef cattle feeder class.

The following members showed market lambs:

• Hannah Smith (Reserve Champion FFA Sheep Showman; Reserve Champion Natural Lamb)

• Cody Ball (3rd in FFA Sheep Showmanship)

• Kaitlyn Steppe (4th in FFA Sheep Showmanship)

• Loretta Lacy (5th in FFA Sheep Showmanship)

• Mollie Hiscox

• William Stokes

• Kaitlyn Muniz

• Karlyn Roberts

• Kali Simitzes

• Summer Miller

• Mallie Miller

• Joe Wieting

• Ashton Shaul

• Cameron King

• Dani Turnbough

• Zach Ball

• Chloe Varley

• Katelyn Putizer

• Caydan Stirm

• Blake Hildebrand

• Tyson Hernandez

• Brock Shurtz

The following members also showed breeding lambs:

• Hannah Smith

• Joe Wieting

• Kaitlyn Steppe

The Meridian FFA Chapter would like to thank Canyon County Exhibits Supervisor Diana Sinner, and Canyon County Fair Director Rosalie Cope for the time and hard work they put in to make this year’s fair a success.

Meridian FFA would also like to thank the following major buyers of Meridian FFA market animals at the Canyon County 4-H/FFA Market Sale: Les Schwab, Albertsons, Forage Genetics, Dan Sample, D&B Supply, Custom Butcher, and Sunny and Justin Christensen Farms.

Anyone who supports an FFA member’s SAE is helping that individual gain invaluable skills in time management, record keeping and financial independence. Meridian FFA thanks all the parents, advisors and buyers who helped these 33 members gain experience in agricultural entrepreneurship.











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