By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter
In front of a packed house, the hard work paid off for several 4-H and FFA members as they received awards during the Junior Livestock Awards ceremony on Friday night.
During the awards ceremony, Elida FFA member Ryan Best picked up six buckles, four of which were for showmanship. His sister Reavis also picked up a showmanship buckle, earning the brother and sister team five of the six buckles awarded for showmanship.
Ryan received showmanship awards in lambs, steers, and breeding beef. He was also awarded for his reserve champion goat, grand champion breeding heifer and also in the production swine contest.
“Overwhelmed. It’s pretty big. I’ve never had a fair like this,” Ryan said.
In light of a difficult year for the family after the death of his older sister in an auto accident this spring, the awards were an indication of all the hard work that was put forth by both he and his sister, Ryan said.
Reavis picked up a showmanship buckle in goats and also received the buckle for grand champion county bred lamb.
“It feels really good. It kinda gives you a good feeling that all of your hard work pays off,” Reavis said.
As the ceremony came to close, the 2007 Roosevelt County Fair Queen was crowned. Winning this years title was Carissa Swift.
“I’m excited, I’m just focusing on next year,” Swift said of her upcoming reign.
The lone contestant, Swift stated that she had to put in a lot of hard work. During practices, the coaches challenged her to put forth her best effort, in preparation of her run for state fair queen next year, she said.
“They knew what I needed to work on and what I needed to do,” Swift said.
Receiving the title of princess was Raegan Whited and the title of sweetheart went to Audrey Beverage.
According to fairboard president Tim Allison, the fair has gone well. He attributed the success to the many volunteers that devote their time to the fair and to the kids, he said.
“There’s so many people that volunteer their time and money to make this thing work. It’s just amazing,” Allison said.