I’m Bailey Lavender, I started showing in the peewee division at my county fair’s lamb show and throughout my career, I’ve shown everything I could get my hands on. Last year was my first time at the Florida State Fair. I raised and exhibited my chapter’s steer project and was lucky enough to earn my position as a youth ambassador. I am excited to work with a bright group of showmen from around the state to help promote the fair’s livestock shows.
I’m Isabel Perdomo, I am freshman at Patrick Henry College in Virginia studying International Relations. I became involved in4-H when my family bought dairy goats and started showing at the state fair ten years ago. I always had a blast at the competitions during the fair and placed as a dairy goat champion seven out of the ten years I competed. I also showed sheep during my last year so I could participate in the Champion of Champions contest. I encourage everyone interested in the Champion Youth Program to put in the time, effort, and hard work, and as a result, see it pay off and be successful at the Florida State Fair.
I’m Austin Holcomb, I am a fifth-generation dairy farmer and junior at Durant High School. My herd of dairy cattle currently consists of approximately 25 cows and I have had the opportunity to show at the North American International Livestock Expedition inLouisville, Kentucky. I am extremely thankful for the Champion Youth programs at the Florida State Fair. Not only has it allowed me to exhibit my animals, but also to showcase my knowledge about the industry I love. I hope that all youth members take advantage of the wonderful opportunities associated with the Champion Youth program.
I’m Charles Phillips, I am born and raised in Williston, FL and have been showing cattle for over 10 years. As a fourth-generation cattle rancher, showing market steers as well as beef heifers has been a fun and rewarding way to showcase premium cattle and promote the Florida beef industry. When I began showing in the Youth Steer Futurity program at the Florida State Fair, I was impressed by its unique and exclusive focus on Florida cattle. Beyond the show ring, the Florida State Fair provides immense opportunities to youth across the state. I hope to see you at the 2021 Florida State Fair!
I’m Mary Babione, a senior at Hernando High School and Vice-President of the Brooksville Sr. FFA chapter. I started showing animals at the Hernando County Fair when I was in the seventh grade. Over the past few years, I have shown pigs, steers, and rabbits. I showed a rabbit at theFlorida State Fair for the first time this past February. The Champion Youth Program challenged me to learn more about the industry. I was honored to participate in the Champion of Champions Round Robin Contest and was able to further my knowledge of different animal species.
I’m Payton Davis, I'm a junior at Belleview High School where I serve as the President of the Belleview High FFA Chapter. I have been showing at the Florida State Fair since I was eight years old. I started off showing goats and beef heifers. The knowledge that is gained through this program is beyond outstanding. Being involved in the ChampionYouth Program is a wonderful experience for all. I hope to see you at the 2021 Florida State Fair!