2009-10-08 / Local & State

PA Native “Steers” Her Way To The Top At KILE

Valerie Svonavec of Rockwood, Pa., Somerset County, exhibited the grand champion steer from among 31 head at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Harrisburg.

“The steer I’m choosing is the most functional and complete,” said judge Chan Phillips of Mays Lick, Ky.

The 15-year-old daughter of Vince and Donna Svonavec exhibited the 1,310-pound steer, winning the steer heavyweight class and heavyweight division champion.

The reserve champion steer was exhibited by Brittany Full, a 19-year-old native of Mount Airy, Md. No stranger to the victory circle this week, Full also took top honors in the Angus show, winning premier exhibitor, grand champion angus bull and reserve grand champion angus heifer.

Exhibitors represented five states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey and West Virginia.

Division winners in the KILE steer show were:

Lightweight champion steer: Matt Mitchell, Reinholds, Pa.

Lightweight reserve champion steer: Tyler Keller, Waterfall, Pa.

Middleweight champion steer: Claudia Hissong, Greencastle, Pa.

Middleweight reserve champion steer: Shelby Dean, New Castle, Pa.

Heavyweight champion steer: Valerie Svonavec, Rockwood, Pa.

Heavyweight reserve champion steer: Brittany Full, Mount Airy, Md.

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