Junior Yelm 4-H’s Bailey Mounts shows off her 1,499-pound blue-ribbon steer during the annual county fair auction.

Projects by Yelm FFA members brought home many ribbons from this year’s Thurston County Fair, taking their year full of quality projects to a suitable finale.


Rainier FFA hog showman finalist Carson Edminster speaks with judge Andy Barth Friday during the market show.

While it was mostly about showing animals, Yelm FFA Adviser Dusti Nash said Yelm students have been having an enjoyable time working with their animals.

“Showing animals is a small portion of what we do year round, but some kids really like doing it,” she said.

Harleyjo Holman took home the grand champion goat round robin and Isabela Burke earned reserve grand champion, according to Yelm FFA members.

Emily Fanslow was the grand champion for the senior rabbit showman. Emily Schmidlkofer took home the reserves.

Annalee Schilter won junior reserve grand rabbit showman.


Yelm’s Samantha Hyder keeps her hog in check during the senior market show. Hyder and her pig took home reserve championship.

Yelm FFA members also won the grand championship for their landscaping project, which was on display near the parking lot entrance.

In the swine showdown, Bela Burke and Samantha Hyder took home grand champion and champion reserve, respectively, in the senior pit market show.

Taylor Tompkins became champion in the junior pig market show and Rebecca Griffin took home reserve among six competitors.

The competition was tight for novice hog show subdivision, but Harleyjo Holman won the championship title.

Harleyjo Holman was the senior reserve champion meat goat showman and champion junior dairy goat showman.


Class a hog showman grand champion Bela Burke leads her four-legged co-contestant around the ring during Friday’s market show.

Megan Garcia won the gold ribbon in the novice meat goat showman, while Sammi Sneed got the reserve title.

Many Yelm FFA members also found success auctioning off their animals in the Thurston County Youth Market Animal Sale. FFA Adviser Matt Mounts said interest in the livestock kept prices fairly high and above average.


Judge Andy Barth, of Spokane, looks on at contestants during the class b junior pig market show. 

Yelm’s Ty Hummel and Griffin sold their steer in the auction to a crowd of at least 200 attendees. Hummel’s 1,392-pound steer went for $3.70 per pound, before floor price subtraction, and Griffin’s went for $2.10.


Yelm’s Kayleigh Brown auctions off her blue-ribbon rabbits during Saturday’s Thurston County Youth Market Animal Sale.

Holman, Garcia, Damon Heard-Shackleford and Rainier High School’s Kayleigh Brown all found success auctioning their rabbits. Holman’s 12.2-pound trio came in as the second-highest auctioned off, with $30 per pound before floor price.


Harleyjo Holman wheels around a collection of her grand champion rabbits during the annual fair auction. Her rabbits went for high $30 per pound.

Yelm’s Burke, Joie Reitinger, Holman, Tomkins, Griffin, Coy Carney, Ileana Wall and Jordyn Rabalais all had time in the auction ring with their hogs. A plethora of students also auctioned off meat goats and lambs at the Saturday auction.

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