South Routt youngsters shine at fair

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— South Routt's 4-H and Future Framers of America members showed that the upper Yampa Valley knows its stuff about livestock at the Routt County Fair, with many doing well showing their animals.

"South Routt did pretty darn good," 4-H Extension Agent Jay Whaley said as he looked at the results.

South Routt had three grand champions in the market animals: C.J. Remmick in the market pig division, Shiloh Gates in the market lamb division and Karlie Maneotis in the market goat division.

Reserve champions in south Routt were Tommy Rossi in the lamb division and Tyler Knott, the reserve champion.

Look in next week's Steamboat Pilot for complete results from the 86th annual Routt County Fair.

In breeding classes, four south Routt residents filled the grand champion spots, with Karlie Maneotis in female sheep meat, Megan Baker in male sheep meat, Courtney Long in female sheep wool and Glenda Long in male sheep wool.

Reserve champions were Karlie Maneotis in female sheep meat, Shiloh Gates in male sheep meat and Courtney Long in male sheep wool.

South Routt also flexed its muscles in the showmanship classes, capturing six grand champion spots.

Showmanship champions were Tyler Knott in senior beef, Karlie Maneotis in goat, Glenda Long in junior sheep, Whit Gates in intermediate sheep, Tommy Rossi in senior sheep and Chelsea Samuelson was champion horse showman.

Furthermore, the newly crowned fair queen, Kaycee Samuelson, also calls south Routt home.

Compared to other areas of the county, "south Routt cleaned up," Whaley said. However, he admitted to being a little biased since he was a 4-H member in south Routt when he was a teenager.

Byron Dean is the agricultural teacher and the advisor to the FFA as Soroco High School. He said that south Routt children may have a step up at the fair because agriculture is more ingrained in their lives.

"I think the fact that there's still a strong agricultural influence in south Routt is influencing the kids to participate," he said.

Soroco High School also is the only school in the county that has an FFA program, which also has a large influence on participation in agriculture-related activities.

"It's an integral part of the school system," Dean said.

Some students actually go to school in south Routt, but live in other school districts, because of the program.

"I'm just real proud of the kids," Dean said.

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