The Mountain State Series is a series of shows held throughout the year to promote an environment that will allow market lamb and goat exhibitors to be actively involved in an ethical, practical, and educational series of shows that culminates with a show season ending rewards program based on performance while making the entire experience enjoyable for the participating exhibitors and their families.
This year, several Pendleton County exhibitors participated and excelled in the Mountain State Series. One must show in at least four of the eight shows that are included in the Mountain State Series to qualify for awards. These shows are held for several months at different locations throughout the state. There is a scoring system based on how each exhibitor shows, and then the points are tallied for an overall grand score at the end of the show season. Awards were presented at the State Fair of West Virginia.
Pendleton County was represented well in the award ceremony with several overall winners.
PeeWee Goat — Gracie Hedrick, third, and Brynleigh Ruddle, fourth;
Junior Goat — Tia Heavner, reserve champion;
Senior Goat — Braden McCoy, fourth;
PeeWee Sheep — Maddie Grace Nesselrodt, reserve champion, and Hedrick, third;
Junior Sheep — Katie Keyser, reserve champion, Phoebe Pownell, third, Kallie Keyser, fourth, and Heavner, fifth;
Senior Sheep — Braden McCoy, fourth, and Trina Mallow, fifth; and
Road Runner Award (given to exhibitors who attend all eight shows in the series) — Tia Heavner, Ty Heavner, Nesselrodt and Pownell.
Other county exhibitors participating in the Mountain State Series were Tori Heavner, Jaylynn Hedrick, McKenna Hedrick, Aubriana Holloway, Brantley Propst, Braylee Propst, Aiden Whetzel and Colton Whetzel.