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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Tara Waller reigns as Showman Supreme

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  • COTTAGEVILLE - At the 2014 Jackson County Junior Fair, you could say that Tara Waller was a show-off—the supreme show-off.
    Waller of Kenna, the 2014 Grand Champion Senior Goat Showman, walked away with trophy and title of 2014 Supreme Showman Wednesday evening in a show-down of the fair’s Senior Grand Showmen in the Show Arena.
    Other contestants in the supreme show-down included Drew Harpold, 2014 Grand Champion Senior Swine Showman; Colin Cummings, 2014 Grand Champion Senior Sheep Showman; Faythe Maston, 2014 Grand Champion Senior Rabbit Showman; and Max McCoy, 2014 Grand Champion Senior Beef Showman.
    Rocky Peck judged the contest, which turned out to the most highly-contested and closest to date.
    The contestants had to show each of the fair’s market livestock species outside their own specialty, and instruct their fellow competitors in showing their specialty animal.
    When the dust had cleared in the Show Arena, the contest was down to a three-way tie between Waller, Harpold and Cummings.
    To break the tie and decide the Supreme, Peck had the three top contestants deliver a spiel on why he should buy his or her market rabbits—a specialty animal none of the three had shown at the fair.
    Waller, a repeat Supreme contestant with Harpold and Maston, was subsequently declared the winner on the basis of her supreme rabbit sales spiel.
    Waller’s win marked the second straight year for a female Supreme Showman winner. 2014 Fair Queen Jade Donohew won the 2013 Supreme crown, and was on hand Wednesday to crown her successor.

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