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North Buncombe farming fares well at recent local state fair

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North Buncombe — North Buncombe’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs recently had a busy week at the WNC Mountain State Fair.

On Friday, Sept 6th, students took their beef heifers and dairy steers to the fair. The cattle were shown Friday night in a showmanship class. Saturday (Sept 7th), the dairy steers were presented and a live auction was held to sell these market steers. The heifer show followed the dairy steer showings. Several area students showed off their North Carolina born and bred heifers. Even on Sunday heifers were shown, which was followed on Monday night with an open cattle show.

Then Tuesday, the North Buncombe FFA chapter was represented in the tractor and truck driving contest. Cole Gillespie was the winner of the high school contest which made him the representative for the North Buncombe FFA chapter. He will go on to compete at the state level this winter.
Wednesday, Sept 11th, students showed a group of three cows during a three-cattle show.

Also, Wednesday through Sunday, FFA students worked the dairy products booth helping the NC Dairy Association promote cheese and milk, and educating the public about the dairy industry. On Friday, Sept 13th, students took market goats to show over the weekend. If that were not busy enough, the North Buncombe High and Middle Schools showed chickens on Saturday, Sept 14th. The FFA and Weaverville community were well represented during the week and enjoyed the week’s activities during the fair.

Students who showed at the fair:

Chickens

  • Jake Phillips
  • Shelby Chandler
  • Rebecca Rice
  • Lily McFaddin
  • Sarah Gilhart
  • Brody McFaddin
  • Lyxi Craig

Beef Cattle

  • Shelby Chandler
  • Cole Gillespie
  • Dairy Steers #8
  • Silver Hyatt
  • Ryan Bartlett
  • Sarah Gilhart
  • Aslynn Stroup

Market Goats

  • Clara Hale
  • Jake Hale
  • Cole Gillespie
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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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