Locals impress at Royal Winter Fair - Nov. 16, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Several local food producers earned impressive accolades at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which wrapped up on Sunday.
Blyth Farm Cheese brought home the Grand Champion Goat and Sheep Milk Variety Cheese title with its Golden Blyth - brine-washed cheese. The cheese, made by Paul Van Dorp, also took first place in the Interior Ripened – Gouda, Friulano, Manchego, etc. category, which the company dominated by claiming second place with its Eweda – brine-washed and third place with its Aged, brine-washed 14 month cheese.
Van Dorp also brought home awards for Blyth Farm Cheese’s Drunken Goat - merlot-soaked cheese (eighth place in Flavoured Fresh Cheese), Queen Bee - honey mead washed (11th place in Flavoured Fresh Cheese), Apple Wood Cold-Smoked (third place in Flavoured Cheese - Smoked Jalapeno) and jalapeno flavoured cheeses (fifth place in Flavoured Cheese - Smoked Jalepeno).
Connor Rodger of Auburn was named Champion Senior Showperson and Grand Champion Showperson in the Showmanship competition of the Youth Beef Show with Loyal Line Daisey ET. Rodger also claimed a third-place finish in the Junior Beef - Limousin Yearlings competition.
Ryan Smuck of Wingham took third place in the Youth Beef - Commercial Yearlings competition with Molly.
Michaela Rodger of Auburn took sixth place in the Youth Beef - Limousin, Yearlings competition with Loyal Line Dee Dee ET.
Mason Weber of Belgrave earned a fifth-place finish in the Youth Beef - Simmental, Yearlings competition with SSC Penny Lane 5D.
Alex Coultes and Troy Coultes of Brussels tied for third place in the Junior Beef - Commercial Yearlings category with Scott Bandband of Gold and SSC She’s a Predator 7D, respectively. Ashleigh Higgins, also of Brussels, placed fourth in the competition.
Doug Vincent of Blyth brought home first place in the Cockerel - Hamburg AC and Pullet - Hamburg AC categories of the Poultry competition. In the Wyandotte, White category, Vincent brought home first place in the Cockerel and Pullet competitions.
Evy Verschaeve of Blyth took fifth place in the Junior Sheep - Junior Showmanship competition. Verschaeve also took fifth in the Junior Sheep Conformation Commercial class.
Tying with Verschaeve in the Junior Showmanship category was Aidan Lee of Londesborough. Lee also brought home an eighth-place finish in the Junior Sheep Conformation Southdown class.
DSMR Stock Farm from Wingham brought home third place in the Female Calf Born in 2017, Minimum Three Months - Heat 1 sub-category of the Angus category of the beef show with BCII Sandy 1647. The farm also brought home first place in the same category in Heat 6 (copy) with DSMR Zara 202E and fifth place in Heat 11 with DSMR Blackbird 104E.
Loyal Line Limousin of Goderich took first place in the Female Heifer Born January 1 - March 31, 2017 - Heat 3 with Loyal Line Daisy ET as well as claiming the Champion Progeny of Dam title in the Limousin category of the beef show. The farm also placed with Loyal Line Eleaner, fourth place in the Heifer Calf Born in 2017, Minimum Three Months of Age - Heat 2; Loyal Line Dee Dee ET, fourth place in Female Heifer Born Jan. 1 - March 31, 2017 Heat #3; Loyal Line Earl, sixth place in Bull Calf Born in 2017 Minimum Three Months of Age - Heat #1.
Paullor Vivitar Ramble, presented by Paul and Lorraine Franken of Clinton, took third place in the Female Five-Year-Old Category of the Dairy Cattle Show’s Jersey competition.
The farm also brought home the eighth-place finish in the Junior Breeder’s Herd and had animals place in the following categories: Paullor Re-Action Radiant, 10th in Female Junior Calf; Paullor Re-Action Reverie took 15th place in the same category. Other winners from their Clinton-area farm include Paullor Tequila Novelle who took seventh in the Female; Intermediate Calf division, Paullor Giller Javlyn, 14th in Female, Senior Calf; Paullor Austen Blake, 18th in Female, Senior Calf; Paullor Incentive Perlee, 11th in Female, Senior Two-Year-Old, Norse Star Premier Model, 14th in Female, Junior Three-Year-Old; Paullor Ace’s Follow, sixth in Female, Summer Yearling and Arethusa Tequila Blarney, 12th in Female Five-Year-Old.
Tannis VanderMolen of Seaforth took the top spot in the Single or Mixed Fruit Conserve or Preserve category in the Preservatives competition with a Tropical Peace Conserve. VanderMolen’s other winning preserves included a spiced blueberry jam that took sixth in the Blueberry Jam or Preserve category, a chive jelly, 12th in Savory Jam or Jelly and an orange whiskey marmalade which placed seventh in the Marmalade category.
VanderMolen also brought home a fifth place finish in the Chutney category in the Amateur Pickling competition for a peach garam masala chutney and 10th place in the Chili Sauce category.
Elaine McDivitt, also of Seaforth, took third place in the Savory Jam or Jelly category with a dandelion jelly.
Note: The above information comes from unofficial results that are yet to be confirmed. Not all results had been reported as of press time.