EAST AMWELL, NJ – Mount Airy 4-H Dairy Club members exhibited their cows in the county 4-H Dairy Show at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agriculture Fair. The 96-year-old club is the oldest ongoing 4-H club in New Jersey and one of the oldest in the country. 

A total of 26 exhibitors took part, and not many live on farms and own cows. Some don't even live in Hunterdon but in counties without a 4-H dairy club so they join Mount Airy. They are able to participate through the generosity of the following farms, which allow the 4-H members to lease animals from them. They are: Fulp Acres of West Amwell, Holland Valley Farm of Holland Township, Hun Col Guernseys of West Amwell, Hun Val Farm of East Amwell and Spring Run Dairy of Alexandria Township. Through the lease program, any child interested in 4-H dairy can become a club member and show a cow.                          

Here are the show results:

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Winning Supreme Champion of the entire show was Hol Val Honeybee Angela. shown by Francesca Streicher of Holland Township and Reserve Supreme was Mills End Samantha, shown by Jacob VanDoren of Raritan Township.

In the Brown Swiss category, Ashlee Gibbons of Flemington placed first in the Junior Heifer Calf Class and Jacob Van Doren placing second. Rowdy Meys of East Amwell received a first-place blue ribbon in the Intermediate Heifer Calf Class and Alexis Roell of Lebanon received a blue the Senior Heifer Calf Class. Ashlee’s calf was also named Junior Champion and Alexis’s calf was Reserve Junior Champion. Jacob’s Senior Two Year Old in Milk was Senior and Grand Champion with Ashlee’s cow Reserve Grand Champion.

In the Guernsey contests, Cassidy Hunt of West Amwell received a first-place blue ribbon with her Junior Heifer Calf. Jacob Van Doren got first place in the Summer Junior Yearling Class and Annabelle Majorossy of Readington placed second with hers. In the Spring Junior Yearling Class, Cassidy took first and Emily McCreary of Furlong, Pa., second. Jacob won the Junior Champion award with his Summer Yearling and Cassidy had the Reserve Junior Champion, a Spring Yearling. Cassidy also won Senior and Grand Champion with her Senior Three Year Old and Jacob had the Reserve Grand Champion with his Summer Junior Yearling.

The Jersey breed category had only three animals, all shown by Rebecca Phillips of West Amwell and all receiving blue ribbons in the Junior Heifer Calf, Intermediate Heifer Calf and Senior Yearling Classes. Her heifer calf was Junior Champion and the Yearling was Reserve Junior Champion.

The final and largest group of classes were in the Holstein division. Here are the results: Junior Heifer Calf, first place, Rebecca Phillips; second, place went to Carsten Reist of Ewing; third was Emily McCreary; fourth, David Fulper of East Amwell.  Intermediate Heifer Calf Class, Isabella Clavel-Davio of Lambertville, first; Aaron Lieboff of Hopewell, second; Jackie Reed of Ringoes, third, and Jacob VanDoren, fourth. Senior Heifer Calves, first, Rebecca Phillips; second, Kelly Wichelhaus of Alexandria Township; third, Ava Jordon of High Bridge; fourth, Carlee Roell of Lebanon, fifth, was Wyatt Ditzel of East Amwell. Summer Junior Yearling, Chloee Roell, first place and Alexis Roell, second place. Connor Perehinys of West Amwell took home a blue ribbon with his Spring Junior Yearling; Rebecca Phillips got a blue with her Intermediate Senior Yearling and Savana Lighthart of Furlong, Pa. also got a blue ribbon with her Senior Yearling Heifer. Rebecca Phillips won Junior Champion with her Senior Heifer Calf and Savana Lighthart received Reserve Junior. Champion with her Senior Yearling. Francesca Streicher of Holland Township had Senior and Grand Champion with her Junior Two Year Old in Milk. The Reserve Grand Champion Holstein was shown by Rebecca Phillips.

Winning honors in the special classes were cows shown by Jacob VanDoren in the Dam Daughter Class, Francesca Streicher with her Supreme Champion for the Best Udder, and Becky Phillips for the best bred by exhibitor/lease.

In the prep member and first-year showmanship classes blue ribbons and awards were given to all of the following: Adelaide Reist, Caroline Walker, Cheyenne Young, Maggie Wichelhaus, Diana VanDoren, Rowdy Meys, Carsten Reist, Kelly Wichelhaus, Ava Jordan, and Wyatt Ditzel. These class were learning experiences for these new members and the Judge, Jimmy Harris of  Perkasie, Pa. spent time with each member, giving them pointers on how they can improve for next year. Winning the Beginner/Intermediate Showmanship Class was Jackie Reed, with Cassidy Hunt placing second and David Fulper rounding out the top three. In the experienced showmanship class Rebecca Phillips won first place, Savana Lighthart was second and Francesca Streicher was third.

The show organizers thanked judge Jimmy Harris, desk clerks Vilma Hockenbury and Vicky Zeng, class caller Alex Eldridge, ring master Kyle Young and the Fair Board for supplying the ribbons and judge as well as the hay and straw for the animals and the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds at South County Park.  Other award sponsors were County Line Fuel, Delaware Valley Feed and Farm Supply, Holland Valley Farm, Hunt Family Preserve, Everitt Farm, Fred & Kim Fulper, the Phillips Family, Paul & Tammy Hunt and Ed & Jackie Majorossy.