VALDOSTA -- One hundred fifty-four youngsters from Echols, Lanier and Lowndes counties exhibited their hogs Tuesday in the 26th Annual Lowndes Area Market Show and Sale, held in conjunction with the South Georgia Legion Fair.

These elementary, middle and high school students are members of local 4H or FFA organizations.

The show was held at the Lowndes County Civic Center, with judging of weight divisions beginning at 5 p.m.

Paden King of Echols 4H exhibited the Grand Champion of the show. The Reserve Champion was exhibited by James Ragan of Lanier 4H.

Class winners included Clay Peters of Lowndes 4H, Class 1; Patrick Giles of Lowndes FFA, Class 2; Cole Livingston of Lanier 4H, Class 3; Brooke Parlee of Lowndes FFA, Class 4; David Royal of Lanier FFA, Class 5; Paden King of Echols 4H, Class 6; Callie Ragan of Lanier 4H, Class 7; Austin Connell of Lanier 4H, Class 8; Liz Beal of Echols 4H, Class 9; James Ragan of Lanier 4H, Class 10; Thompson Moore of Lanier 4H, Class 11; and Dustin Roe of Lanier FFA, Class 12.

The regionally renowned livestock show judge, Tim Varnedore, an extension agent in Jeff Davis County, was responsible for placing the hogs in the show.

Several students exhibited hogs that were been born on their family farms. This Home Grown class is held to encourage student interest in hog production. Mark Vann of Lowndes 4H exhibited the Champion Home Grown hog.

At show time, these students had been working with their hogs for about nine weeks.Students will sell their hogs, beginning with the Grand Champion and the other Blue Ribbon hogs, at 7 p.m. today.

This year's Show and Sale is hosted by the South Georgia Legion Fair. The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post No. 13 of Valdosta, with the Langdale Co. donating add-ons for each exhibitor.



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