Illinois State Fair

(Illinois State Fair press photo)

From all over the state, champions are being crowned at the Illinois State Fair as it heads into its second and final week.

In the WSPY area, there were several first place finishes.

Top honors were awarded to the Fox Valley Beekeepers Association, a total of 14 championship finishes in a variety of competitions.

Joe Steffen of Newark brought back four first places, including champion basket in horticulture. He also won basket contests in large flowered types, miniature and small types and mixed baskets all varieties.

Joe Stewart of Yorkville won in barrel racing and pole bending, riding his horse Misty in the age 8-9 division.

Newark had several winners. In junior livestock, Nathan Swenson of Newark showed the champion No. 2 Berkshire Gilt.. Easton Kempiak of Newark won in the No. 3 Chester White Gilt and the N15 Hereford Gilt. Hailee Dannenberg won first place in No. 7 Spotted Swine Gilt, Audrey Breen of Newark won first in the barrel races, ages 10-14.

Out of Marseilles, winners include Tucker Whiteaker in the 288-291 pound Duroc Yorkshire, In ag, Cody Marko had the champion popcorn. Ethan Robson of had the reserve champion percent boer goat. In poultry, Spencer DeGraf won the Austral ORP Pullet.

From Earlville, Brayden Wilson won three titles. He had the top doe three months to six months. In the dozen brown market eggs and dozen eggs category, he was the winner both times. Also Jaiden Mahler with the top angus heifer.

Other area winners are Jessica Dunteman of Big Rock for the A19X Bred Steer. Kendall Nelson of Seneca had the top shorthorn heifer. Tomi Harrod of Hinckley earned the Boer Goat Reserve Champion.

Jerome Johnson of Sheridan took home the Reserve Champion Angus Steer.

From Sugar Grove, Ethan Volkening won for woodworking under 12 inches by 12 inches.

DeKalb’s Joan Bredendick won in professional art watercolors.

The Illinois State Fair in Springfield runs through Sunday.