Pettit claims top showman honor


By Martin Graham - mgraham@recordherald.com



The Showman of Showmen contest exhibitors with the various Fayette County Commodity Queens and other royalty.

The Showman of Showmen contest exhibitors with the various Fayette County Commodity Queens and other royalty.


Martin Graham | Record-Herald photos

Kelsey Pettit was named the 2021 Fayette County Junior Fair Showman of Showmen on Friday afternoon at the 142nd Fayette County Fair. Pettit beat 12 other competitors to claim the spot and thanked her parents, best friend and anyone who helped her practice.


Martin Graham | Record-Herald photos

Kelsey Pettit was named the overall “Showman of Showmen” following the 2021 Fayette County Junior Fair Showman of Showmen Contest that was held on Friday afternoon with 13 exhibitors.

Pettit, who qualified for the contest by being named top goat showman, was pleased to see her hard work pay off and was glad to win overall following the second place she received last year.

“I am really happy, I am someone who wants to grow every year and last year I got second, so there is only one other spot I could have made up and I am happy that I did,” Pettit said. “I know I studied and tried to work on what I didn’t do well last year.”

For Pettit, this meant working more on the small animals around the Fayette County Fair such as the rabbits, chickens and ducks.

“I am not the most comfortable around them because it is very foreign to me as a large animal showman,” Pettit said.

Pettit, who is going into her junior year of high school, said she still has a few years left of 4-H and showing at the Fayette County Fair. She thanked her parents for being continually supportive of her.

“Just my parents, they are always my number one supporter and my best friend, Mara,” Pettit said. “And anyone who ever helped me show, thank you.”

Out of the 13 exhibitors, five total were picked for the overall showmen with Pettit claiming the top prize. Second overall was Madison Johnson representing the horse department, third overall was Emily Reeves representing the swine department, fourth overall was Bryce Bennett representing the dairy department and fifth overall was Robert Bennett representing the duck department.

Stay with the Record-Herald for more from the 142nd Fayette County Fair.

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The Showman of Showmen contest exhibitors with the various Fayette County Commodity Queens and other royalty.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2021/07/web1_IMG_9149.jpgThe Showman of Showmen contest exhibitors with the various Fayette County Commodity Queens and other royalty. Martin Graham | Record-Herald photos

Kelsey Pettit was named the 2021 Fayette County Junior Fair Showman of Showmen on Friday afternoon at the 142nd Fayette County Fair. Pettit beat 12 other competitors to claim the spot and thanked her parents, best friend and anyone who helped her practice.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2021/07/web1_IMG_9153.jpgKelsey Pettit was named the 2021 Fayette County Junior Fair Showman of Showmen on Friday afternoon at the 142nd Fayette County Fair. Pettit beat 12 other competitors to claim the spot and thanked her parents, best friend and anyone who helped her practice. Martin Graham | Record-Herald photos

By Martin Graham

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