Locals impress with gold, silver performances at Royal Winter Fair - Nov. 24, 2016
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair wrapped up in Toronto earlier this month and Huron County once again made a name for itself with many winners.
Kevin Bishop of Bluevale brought home several awards from the Market Lamb and Sheep competition including Champion and Reserve Pair of Lambs in the Market Lamb competition which earned him the James C. Bell Memorial Trophy.
In the Single Market Lamb competition, Bishop’s animals took first and second place in the Wether or Ewe Lamb 60-80 lbs category; second, sixth and seventh in the Wether or Ewe Lamb 81-90 lbs category; seventh in the Wether or Ewe Lamb 91-100 lbs; first and fifth place in the Wether or Ewe Lamb 101-110 lbs; fourth in the Wether or Ewe Lamb 111-120 lbs; third in the Suffolk Wether and Ewe Lambs; fourth in the Southdown Wether and Ewe Lambs and third in the Texel Wether and Ewe Lambs.
In the Goat and Sheep Milk Variety Cheese competition, Blyth Farm Cheese earned a second place finish for its mead-washed gouda and a third-place finish for its merlot-soaked goat cheese in the interior ripened – gouda, Friulano, Machego, Etc. category; third place for its garlic-flavoured goat cheese, fourth place for its nettle-flavoured goat cheese and seventh place for its jalapeno-flavored goat cheese in the Flavoured Cheese - Smoked, Jalapeno category and second place in the Any Cheese Made with Sheep’s Milk category for the company’s sheep gouda cheese.
In the Junior Beef Heifer category of the Youth Beef Show competition, Ashley Higgins of Brussels took second place in the Junior Beef - Maine Anjou Yearling category, Mason Weber of Belgrave tied for eighth place in the Junior Beef - Commercial, Yearlings category.
Michaela Rodger of Auburn tied for third in the Junior Beef - Angus, Yearlings competition.
Connor Rodger of Auburn tied for fifth in the Junior Beef - Limousin, Yearlings competition while Colton Rodger, also of Auburn, tied for sixth.
Emily Pennington of Whitechurch tied for sixth in the Junior Beef - Charolais Yearlings competition.
In the Queen’s Guineas competition of the Youth Queen’s Guineas Show, Dallas Coultes of Brussels finished third in the Colour Steers competition and Owen Weber of Belgrave finished fourth in the Black Steers category.
In the Youth Sheep competition, Jolande Oudshoorn of Auburn placed 10th in the Junior Sheep - Senior Showmanship category.
Animals owned by Doug and Rob Marriott of Wingham took fourth place in the Female Calf born in 2016, minimum three-month-old category – heat six and fifth place in the bull calf, born in 2016, minimum three-month-old category – heat four.
Paul Franken of Clinton took first place in the Jersey Female Mature Cow category with Paullor Giller Rilee. The win earns him the Jersey Ontario Banner, the Australian Trophy and the Westlandyn Farms Banner. Paullor Giller Rilee also won Grand Champion Female Reserve and Senior Champion Female positions in the Jersey results.
Jerseys of Franken’s also took 17th place in the Female, Senior Calf category, fifth place in the Female, Summer Yearling category, second and 17th in the Female Junior Yearling category, fifth in the Junior Breeder’s Herd category, eighth and 20th in the Female, Senior two-year-old category, 10th in the Female, Junior three-year old category category, seventh in the Female, Senior three-year old category, third and fifth in the Female four-year-old category, seventh in Female Mature Cow category and second in Breeder’s Herd category.
In the Preserves competition, Elaine McDivitt of Seaforth took 12th place in the Fruit Jam Other category, eighth in the Savory Jam or Jelly category and 19th in the Spirited Jelly category.
Tanis VanderMolen, also of Seaforth, took first in the Marmalade category, seventh in the Spirited Jelly category, sixth in the Single of Mixed Fruit Conserve or Preserve, sixth place in the Savory Jam or Jelly category, and 17th in the Fruit Jam, Other category of the Preserves competition. In the Amateur Pickling competition, VanderMolen won sixth place in the Relish category, third in the Chutney competition and sixth in the Chili Sauce competition.
The Robinson family of Walton left a huge impact on this year’s Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, specifically in the Ontario Junior Barrow competition held on the first day of the historic fair.
Renee Robinson finished first in the Junior Barrow Senior Showmanship class, crowning her Champion Senior Showman and the Grand Champion Showmanship.
Renee finished just ahead of Mark Robinson, who was named Reserve Champion Senior Showman and Reserve Grand Champion Showman.
To round out the all-Robinson podium, Stacey Robinson finished in third place in the category.
The Robinsons dominated the Conformation Junior Barrow category. Grace Robinson placed first, winning the Grand Champion Market Pig Trophy, followed by Stacey Robinson, who won the Reserve Champion Market Pig Trophy.
Emma Robinson placed third in the category, while Renee Robinson placed fifth, Ben Robinson placed seventh, Noah Robinson placed eighth, Mark Robinson placed 12th. Stacey again placed 14th in the category, followed by Noah again in 15th, Ben again in 20th, Renee again in 23rd and Mark again in 24th.
Noah Robinson won the Barn Competition, with Emma Robinson finishing ninth in that category. Noah also placed first in the Zoetis Quiz Novice category, while Mark Robinson finished third in the Zoetis Quiz Senior category.
Emma Robinson placed second and was named the Reserve Champion Junior Showman, followed by Noah Robinson who placed third in the category.
Ben and Mark Robinson, along with David Gunson of Puslinch, placed second in the Inter-County Group of Three category just behind a team featuring two participants from Lucknow.
Noah Robinson was part of a team that placed fifth in the category.
Ben Robinson finished in fourth place in the Junior Barrow Junior Showmanship class, while Grace Robinson finished 11th.