Wednesday, May 13, 2009

101 compete in skillathon

One hundred and one (101) youth (25 juniors, 35 intermediates, and 41 seniors) and 21 teams (4 junior, 9 intermediate, and 8 senior) from five states and ten Maryland counties braved the rain to compete in the Sheep & Wool Skillathon, held May 3rd at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

Wool evaluation at the state skillathonCalvert County had the first place junior team. Members of the winning junior team were Jocelyn Abbott, Katie and Robert Burroughs, and Jaqueline Bowen. For the second year in a row, Katie Burroughs was the first place junior individual.

Members of the winning Montgomery County intermediate team included Caroline and Suzanne Kimble and Savannah Cook. Doug McGee from Cecil County was the first place intermediate individual.

Ashley Blum from Baltimore County was the first place senior individual. The winning senior team was the Calvert/St. Mary's County team composed of Roger Arminger, Anne Marie Lewis, and Shelby Sasscer.

The Skillathon would not be possible without the assistance of so Extension educators and volunteers. Nor the support of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association (Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival).

Special thanks is also extended to sponsors of some of the skillathon stations: Frederick County Sheep Breeders Association, Baltimore County Sheep & Wool Producers, Sheepman Supply Company, George Ruppersberger and Sons, Inc. (lamb processing plant), and Dr. Les Vough, retired forage crops specialist.

Learn more about the Sheep & Wool Skillathon =>