Locals among winners in state farm show

From CDT staff reportsJanuary 11, 2014 

— Several locals were among the winners at the 98th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Among the winners were:

Jan. 4

•  Elizabeth Hargrove, of Bellefonte, took first place for the fifth-grade division for Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

•  Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Winery in Spring Mills was awarded Best of Show Sweet/Dessert Grape with its 2012 Ice Wine — a blend of three popular wines from Pennsylvania, which also received Double Gold honors.

•  Rolling Hills Nature Boy, exhibited by Gerald Allebach of Windermere Farms in Spring Mills, was named the Supreme Champion Draft Horse. He also won Champion Percheron Stallion.

Windermere Farms also exhibited the Champion Clydesdale Mare. During the supreme champion competition, Majestic Dream’s Gem was shown by Allebach’s 13-year-old son Abraham.

According to a report from the farm show, Allebach said his family has been a part of the show since 1976.

“We make our living from our horses; breeding, raising and training them. My last world champion had seven generations of our bloodlines,” Allebach said.

Windermere Farms is home to the four world champion Percherons.

Jan. 5

•  Lambert, Tigerlilly and Christina Coder, of State College, came in third place for the rabbit hopping competition.

Jan. 7

•  Harold Harpster, a 44-year leader for the Centre County 4-H Sheep Club, was given the Pennsylvania 4-H Market Lamb Leader Award.

Jan. 8

•  Lee Pressler, of Port Matilda, put his 1929 Hart-Parr 18-36I tractor on display at the antique tractor display.

In 1932, Pressler’s grandfather, J.H.B. Rumberger, bought the tractor used in 1932 in Port Matilda.

This year’s display featured about 50 tractors, manufactured between the 1920s and the 1970s.

A statement from the farm show said, “Pressler’s Hart-Parr is a living relic of a long-gone but important era of farming that fed a growing nation.”

Jan. 9

•  David Young, of Howard, placed first, while Glenn Burris, of Bellefonte, came in third at the 30-foot pitchers horseshoe tournament.

According to the farm show, this is the tournament’s ninth year, and it hosted more than 40 participants from ages 15 to 87 in three age brackets.

Winners of each class received a cash prize and a hat. Pitchers were scored on 30 throws in a preliminary round. The top six scorers of each class continued to a final round that determined the champion.

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