DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2012)(readMedia)-- Jake Keppy of Durant captured the Grand Champion Market in the FFA Market Swine Show judged Thursday and Friday at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. Keppy's hog first won the Champion Purebred Market Pig banner on the drive to the championship.
Earning the Reserve Grand Champion title this year was Chelsea Schminke of Van Horne.
Alexis Delaney of DeWitt claimed the Reserve Champion Purebred Market Swine award.
The judge had his hands full selecting champions out of 547 hogs brought by 266 exhibitors vying for the Grand Champion banner.
Division winners in the FFA Market Swine Show included:
Light Weight Barrow Champion: Jacklyn Keninger, Ackley
Light Weight Barrow Reserve Champion: Kole Wilson, Newton
Medium Weight Barrow Champion: Austin Lane, Spragueville
Medium Weight Barrow Reserve Champion: Ben Jacobsen, Dows
Heavy Weight Barrow Champion: Chelsea Schminke, Van Horne
Heavy Weight Barrow Reserve Champion: Jacklyn Keninger, Ackley
Light Weight Gilt Champion: Callie Greiner, Keota
Light Weight Gilt Reserve Champion: Kolton Greiner, Keota
Medium Weight Gilt Champion: Ryan Schneider, Riverside
Medium Weight Gilt Reserve Champion: Chelsea Keninger, Ackley
Heavy Weight Gilt Champion: Jacklyn Keninger, Ackley
Heavy Weight Gilt Reserve Champion: Amanda Anderson, Algona
Bershire Champion: Brandon Reedy, Ottumwa
Bershire Reserve Champion: Austin Lane, Spragueville
Chester White Champion: Brandon Reed, Ottumwa
Chester White Reserve Champion: Brandon Reed, Ottumwa
Duroc Champion: Samuel Bair, Elkhart
Duroc Reserve Champion: Maggie Miller, Ames
Hampshire Champion: Kelsey Brecht, Marengo
Hampshire Reserve Champion: Kelsey Brecht, Marengo
Spotted Poland China Champion: Alex Umbaugh, Adair
Spotted Poland China Reserve Champion: Clara Goddard, Letts
Yorkshire Champion: Jake Keppy, Durant
Yorkshire Reserve Champion: Alexis Delaney, DeWitt
All Other Breeds Champion: Zach Caslavka, Muscatine
All Other Breeds Reserve Champion: Ashley Olson, Atkins
Keppy's and Schminke's title holders, as well as 12 other livestock champions, will be auctioned in the prestigious Sale of Champions on Saturday, August 18, at 2 p.m. in the Penningroth Media Center of the Cattle Barn. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, a non-profit organization established to encourage the pursuit of agriculture-related careers by Iowa's youth.
"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.
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