Buncombe County – North Buncombe Middle School eighth-grader Shelby Candler has some serious blue ribbons to show off from attending the fair recently. This newly-elected president of the school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter won several major awards at the 2018 NC Mountain State Fair in south Buncombe.
According to Shelby’s mom, Jodi Candler, her daughter and a group of talented competitors were judged on how well they could show their heifers to the judge and answer questions about them. Shelby placed first in the intermediate class.
Also, she was Grand and Reserve All Other Breed champion and reserve Simmental champion. She was awarded the Premier Exhibitor award for the weekend based on her showmanship and hard work from the two days showing.
“This is Shelby’s first year showing and this was a big surprise to her to be awarded the Premier Exhibitor award,” said Jodi Candler about her daughter. Finally, towards the end of the fair, Shelby showed the Got to Be NC Simmental Grand Champion Heifer.
In addition to showing cows at the fair, Shelby raised broiler chickens for five weeks for the broiler show. She placed first in her class and fifth overall with her three birds weighing in at 17.25 pounds as a group.
Her mother says when Shelby is not in school she can be found in the show barn working and feeding her show cows, on her farm working with her commercial cows, or on her horse at a horse show. Shelby will be at the Madison County Fair this Saturday.