Cousins nab Suwannee River Fair steer show titles

The feeder steer and fat steer shows capped off competitive events at the 70th annual Suwannee River Fair on Tuesday in Fanning Springs.

Wekiva Run 4-H member Caraline Jerrels won the coveted title of grand champion feeder steer in the feeder steer show, while her cousin, Raegann Jerrels of Kountry Kids 4-H club, took home the title for the fat steer show.

Fair officials also recognized the winners from the homegrown steer show on Saturday. The grand champion title went to the Chiefland Sr. FFA chapter, whose steer was shown by Kayla Branch. The homegrown fat steer grand champion was Raegann Jerrels, who also won the fat steer show on Tuesday.

For the reserve champion titles, Jaci Beauchamp of Old Town Natives 4-H club took home the title for the feeder steer show. Harleigh Rucker of Trenton Sr. FFA claimed the reserve champion title for the fat steer show.

The reserve champion homegrown feeder steer was Abby Locke of Wekiva Run 4-H club, and the reserve champion home grown fat steer was Linden Teague of Trenton Middle FFA.

The top 5 for the shows are as follows:

Feeder Steer Show

Grand Champion

Caraline Jerrels

Reserve Champion

Jaci Beauchamp

Top five feeder steer exhibitors show their awards

3rd Place

Annabelle Whitehurst

4th Place

Kade Meeks

5th Place

Carsen McKenzie

Fat Steer Show

Grand Champion

Raegann Jerrels

Reserve Champion

Harleigh Rucker poses with black steer

Harleigh Rucker

3rd Place

Linden Teague

4th Place

Layla Hobby

5th Place

Kindyn McKenzie

Homegrown Feeder Steer

Grand Champion

Chiefland Sr. FFA (shown by Kayla Branch)

Reserve Champion

Abby Locke

3rd Place

Caden Cline

4th Place

Chiefland Middle FFA (shown by Lacy Stalvey)

5th Place

Jacy Roux

Homegrown Fat Steer

Grand Champion

Raegann Jerrels

Reserve Champion

Linden Teague

3rd Place

Briar Mitchell

4th Place

Hallee Bird

5th Place

Gabe Mitchell

These exhibitors ranked the highest among a pool of over 100 steers. Their hard work did not go unnoticed by the judge and the supporters in the arena.

Tuesday’s events came a day after Williston and Trenton teens Rance Moxley and Trenton Beaty took home top honors in the swine show.

Tuesday night exhibitors and their supporters gathered in the big green show building once more, this time to be recognized for all of their achievements.

The awards show recognized all the individuals who placed in the extensive list of competitions at the Suwannee River Fair, ranging from a barbecue cook-off, to a cupcake decorating contest to a record book keeping competition. All the top ranking livestock exhibitors were also recognized.

The final event of the Suwannee River Fair, the livestock sale, will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and mark the official end of the three-week event for Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties.

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