Reading Fair hosts 'celebrity showmanship contest'

Video: 4-H Celebrity Showmanship Contest

BERN TWP., Pa. - The Reading Fair in Bern Township is known for food, fun and friendly competition. The stars are local 4-H members and their farm animals.

"I got champion for market swine," said Ava Gray, a fourth grader at Schuylkill Valley Elementary School in Ontelaunee Township.

"This is my second year showing at the Reading Fair," said Leah Walters, an incoming fifth grader at Fleetwood Area Middle School.

She shows her family's goats.

On Monday, the competition brought students together with community leaders for the "celebrity showmanship contest" at the Ag Arena. The students got to show the adults the tricks of the trade to showing their animals.

"I tried to fit a lot of information in a half-hour, and I guess it paid off," Elizabeth Gross said while laughing.

The college freshman was paired with Stephanie Shirk of Penn State Extension. They walked away with a new ribbon for Shiba -- Gross' heifer.

"I wish that more people in the community would come out and try something like this. There's a lot that goes into it. The 4-H'ers put a lot work into preparing their animals and showing off their hard work and just showcasing agriculture," Shirk said.

The competitions run through Friday; the fair runs through Saturday.

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