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County Fair ends with good memories for Ceres kids
FFA and 4-H Club members do well
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Ceres 4-H member Thomas Pulido was busy at the Stanislaus County Fair taking care of his pig. He placed second in Crossbreed Market Class and third in Novice Showmanship. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

It's been 26 years in the making and now it
Jessica Larkin did well at the Stanislaus County Fair, which ended its 10-day run on Sunday.

The Ceres FFA member won Best of Breed in Dutch rabbits and two Best Opposite of Breed rabbits in addition to fourth place in rabbit showmanship.

Thomas Pulido, a member of Ceres 4-H, has been showing at the fair for six years. This year was his first time showing swine. On Monday, July 13 he placed second in Crossbreed Market Class and third in Novice Showmanship.

"I was very surprised because he was a very stubborn pig and I guess he kind of turned into a better pig when he got to the fair," said Pulido. "Because he didn't know where he was he turned friendly."

In prior years Pulido showed meat goats and rabbits but never did as well until the latest fair. The Ceres boy also showed meat goats through Gregori High School FFA and only grabbed seventh out of eight market class goats and eighth out of 18 in showmanship.

The fair was enjoyable because it gave him a break from his summer routine.

"I'm always at home doing nothing and the fair is like the one time of summer that I actually go do something. I was hanging out with my friends, going on the rides and listening to the concerts."

Pulido said other members of Ceres 4-H also did very well.

In the 4-H Rabbit Group, Kylie Miller won 4-H Grand Champion meat pen and over all Supreme Champion as well as Reserved Champion Single Fryer. Emily Hill won 4-H Grand Champion Single Fryer and over all Supreme Champion. Savannah Haas won 4-H Reserved Champion meat pen.

Ceres 4-H members also did well in poultry. Hannah Rantz won 4-H Grand Champion Meat Pen and third place in her bird class. Michaela Rantz won 4-H Reserved Grand Champion Meat Pen and Michaela Rantz first and best in division AOCCL. Colin Hill won 4-H first place for Poultry Eggs and overall Champion Eggs. Austin Roberts placed second place in his bird class.

In 4-H turkey competition, Michaela Rantz earned a third place and Hannah Rantz placed sixth.

Ceres 4-H members also entered their cavies (guinea pigs) in the fair. Colin Hill was second place, True Novice Showmanship; Michaela Rantz, first in Advanced Showmanship and third in Small Animal Master Showmanship; Michaela Rantz, two first places in Best of Variety and Best opposite Sex Variety and Best of Breed and Reserved Best in Show; and Hannah Rantz, first place Novice Showmanship, three first places and a second Best of Opposite Sex Variety.

Also in 4-H swine, Jorja Vaz placed first in Yorkshire Market Class; Matthew Bailey, first place in AOB market class and 4th in Advanced Showmanship; and Alexandra Potts was fourth place in Hampshire Market Class.

Ceres 4-H member Emily Hill won Best of Show for Decorated Cupcake.

Savannah Haas won Best of Show for Scrapbook Page.