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'Super farmers' compete at Youth Expo

'Super farmers' compete at Youth Expo

July 11th, 2019 by Quinn Wilson in Local News

The team comprised of Reed Benne, Bryar Delashmutt, Case Rimert and Cassidy Murphy is shown. They competed Wednesday in the plank walk portion of the obstacle course during the "super farmer contest" at the seventh annual Callaway Youth Expo.

Photo by Quinn Wilson /Fulton Sun.

The "super farmer contest" at the seventh annual Callaway Youth Expo provided a fun experience for children of all ages.

The expo began Tuesday at the Lions Club Park in Auxvasse and is for children throughout Callaway County. The expo so far has included events such as a public speaking contest and a "royalty contest." Wednesday's "super farmer contest" brought out the competitive sides of the participants as they were encouraged to rely on teamwork.

"Hanging out with friends is my favorite part about this," said 18-year-old Bryar Delashmutt, who has attended the expo for the past two years.

A group of 20 participants were broken into five random teams of four, and each team had to compete in various farm-related competitions and an obstacle course. The teams with the three fastest times received medals for their placement.

"My favorite part of the week is the cattle show, but this part is always really fun," said 13-year-old Reed Benne, who has been to all seven expos.

The competitions included an egg toss between two teammates and a blindfolded egg hunt between the other two teammates. The obstacle course required all four teammates to complete a plank walk, balance an egg on a spoon, uncage two stuffed animals, complete a water bucket challenge and balance an egg as a team.

The "super farmer contest" is set up and facilitated by volunteer Stephanie Murphy, of Callaway County. Murphy has been in charge of the contest for the past three years.

"It's fun watching the kids have fun. That's my favorite part," Murphy said.

Volunteer and parent Terrie Culwell has been coming to the expo since its inception in 2013 and explained how it's the highlight of her children's summer.

"It's all kid-oriented. Everything's for the kids," Culwell said.

The expo will continue through Saturday and will feature a number of events including a goat and sheep show, pig show, rabbit show and horse show.