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Fair experience leads to success

Skylar Maye prepares to show her horse at the Ford County Fair on Monday / CIFN photo.

MELVIN – Showing hogs at the county fair has led one young lady to pursue a career in agriculture.

“I’m very honored to be a part of this industry,” said a proud Riley Donelson during her last hog show at the Ford County Fair Monday.

The sophomore at Illinois Central College received reserve grand champion barrow. She plans to study agriculture communications hoping to one day work with ag through social media or blogs.

“I enjoy coming to this fair,” Donelson noted.

Brooke Beyers also shows at the Ford County Fair each year and received grand champion barrow. She admits it feels good to win, but acknowledges the hard work involved – such as the walking, feeding and washing.

Ford County’s hog numbers were at an all-time high this year with around 340 head.

“We had exhibitors showing off the trailers and things because we didn’t have quite enough room to house everybody,” said fair president Kirk Miller. “We got along really well with the numbers we had.”

Those participating in Monday’s hog show took a few moments to remember a strong Ford County Fair supporter. The champion barrow plaque was presented in memory of Galen Haren from the Cullom area, who passed away more than a year ago. Miller said he was always willing to help out when needed.

Skylar Maye was preparing to show her horse Monday. She has done fun shows in the past and is pleased with the improved performance of the horse.

“I think it is really fun. My grandma has had horses forever.”

Maye also enters visual arts projects at the fair and claims to like doing “pretty much everything.”

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