4-H Milky Ways members place at state competition

Members of the Columbus Milky Ways 4-H dairy club recently placed with their cattle at the Pennsylvania Junior State Dairy Show in Harrisburg. From left are Nick Johnson, ninth place; Ariel Curtis, sixth place; and Parker Curtis, first place. Contributed photo

Three members of the Columbus Milky Ways 4-H dairy club recently competed in the Pennsylvania Junior State Dairy Show in Harrisburg.

More than 900 animals from throughout the state were entered.

Parker Curtis, son of Mark and Joanne Curtis of Columbus, took first place with his senior yearling heifer, “Parker’s Zelda.”

He also took first in the owner/breeder class.

Ariel Curtis, daughter of Mark and Joanne Curtis, placed sixth with her Jersey winter calf, “Nakima.”

Nick Johnson, son of Brad and Anita Johnson of Wattsburg, took ninth place with his Jersey junior calf, “Bell.” He also won in the showmanship category.

All members in the club learn about production, management and evaluating dairy cattle.

While competing, 4-H members have the opportunity to observe a broad view of the dairy industry and its contributions.

Milky Ways’ members show their cattle at the Warren County Fair. A district show is held in Meadville and qualifying members then go on to the state competition in Harrisburg.

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