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Briar Mitchell’s Homegrown Market Steer is Reserve Champion of Homegrown Show

The Mitchell brothers have done it again, this time Briar Mitchell’s homegrown market steer, “Payday,” took the Reserve Champion spot in the Homegrown Fat Steer Show. Briar’s  1375 pound steer is a Simmental/Black Baldy cross. This year’s Suwannee River Fair Home Grown Market Steer show was held Saturday, March 18. The Grand Champion home grown steer was exhibited by Jaslyn ... Full Story »

Gilchrist youth take Primary Swine Showmanship event held Monday

A good crowd showed up at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion on Monday morning to watch the Swine Showmanship competition. The event Judge was Paul Wigley of Calhoun County,  Georgia. Wigley is a retired county agent and swine producer as well as an avid turkey hunter. The Primary Showmanship winners were all from Gilchrist County. Kinsey Colley of Buckaroos 4-H ... Full Story »

Gabe Mitchell’s Homegrown Heifer wins Reserved Grand Champion

By Cindy Jo Ayers The 65th Suwannee River Fair kicked off last weekend with several shows including the much awaited Heifer Show. Some 67 heifers were entered in the show by 4-H and FFA members from Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie counties. Ryleigh Locke exhibited the Grand Champion Heifer, Ryleigh is a member of Kountry Kids 4-H of Levy County. Gabe ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County takes Dairy Cow Show at the Fair

Dalton Coleman of Osceola 4-H had the Grand Champion Dairy Cow and Austin Bagby of Bell Sr. FFA won Reserve Champion Dairy Cow at the Suwannee River Fair over the weekend. The Grand Champion Diary Heifer was exhibited by Easton Douglas of Southern Style 4-H. Kaylee Douglas of Bell Middle FFA had the dairy heifer that took the Reserve Champion ... Full Story »

FFA Alumni raises over $10,000 at Cake Auction

By  Cindy Jo Ayers “I’m at $500 n I wan $550, $550, bid on $550, I’m at $500 would you go $550, $550 …” went the auctioneer’s cry during the Trenton FFA Alumni’s Cake Auction. Former State FFA President Brooks Parrish had the honor of serving his home FFA Chapter and Alumni by dragging every single dollar possible from the ... Full Story »

Wendy O’Steen is a new Assistant Principal at TES

By Cindy Jo Ayers Wendy O’Steen, is a new Assistant Principal at Trenton Elementary. She joined Principal Ronda Adkins and Assistant Principal Scott Allen last week at the school. Gilchrist County School Superintendent Robert Rankin said, “Trenton Elementary is our largest school and there was a need for an additional Assistant Principal.” Superintendent Rankin went on to say he felt ... Full Story »

Bell FFA Scores well at County Land Judging

Students from 24 FFA land judging teams were in the county last Friday to participate in the 2017 Land Judging Contest. Students from Gilchrist, Levy, Dixie, and Citrus counties competed.  Bradford County also attended to  practice for their up coming contest. The Land Judging event was held at the Gilchrist County Agricultural Complex between Trenton and Bell. Only Bell FFA ... Full Story »

4-H members shine at County Events Day

By Cindy Jo Ayers Gilchrist County 4-Hers gathered bright and early Saturday, January 28, at Pine Grove Baptist Church for the annual County Events Day. Local 4-H members competed in a wide variety of competitions, everything from cake baking to public speaking. When all the entries were tallied Mrs. Jessica Cooper, the county 4-H Agent, announced that Busy Bee 4-H ... Full Story »