VFA student takes home many titles from 2016 Faulkner County Fair

Chelby Wilson of Cadron Creek 4-H had a memorable week at the Faulkner County Fair. Wilson has been exhibiting in the swine and beef showmanship contests since 2009. At this year’s fair, she took home several titles. She was awarded champion swine showman, along with winning sixth overall in the market hog show. She also earned top honors of champion commercial heifer and a second showmanship title of the week, champion beef showman. Another night,  proved Wilson had the determination to make her hard work and dedication known and it proved an outstanding success.

This was her first year to exhibit a market lamb and the night began with a ninth overall finish in the market lamb show. The excitement throughout the barn was in high demand as Wilson entered the showmanship ring and came out with the champion lamb showmanship title. With this accomplishment, it made Wilson the first exhibitor ever to win three consecutive showmanship titles, in three different species, in the history of the Faulkner County Fair, her mother Keri Burford said.

The showmanship title is an honor because it is based on the exhibitor's ability to show how the work and dedication at home pays off.  Showmanship shows how well the exhibitor knows their animal and how well they present the animal in the ring. Long hours of washing, grooming and countless times of bracing and setting up the animals also takes place. When the exhibitor and the animal walk in the ring it is second nature for them to know exactly what to do and how to do it.

Wilson, who will be a freshman next year at Vilonia High School,  plans to join the FFA organization.

She is the daughter of Andy Wilson and Keri Edwards Burford.  She is the granddaughter of Ann Wilson and the late Herman Wilson and Benny and Sandra Edwards.