Buchanan’s Dargus earns reserve grand champion market hog at Berrien County Youth Fair

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Katelyn Dargus could not believe it when she took home a win from the Berrien County Youth Fair Thursday.

The Buchanan resident’s landrace hog “Sandy” earned the Reserve Overall Grand Champion Market Hog trophy at the Berrien County Youth Fair Swine Market show on Thursday.

“I was a little surprised when I heard my name called for a reserve overall,” Dargus said. “Just because I had a landrace that normally doesn’t beat out crossbreds. I was very surprised but also really happy with how I did.”

Dargus, who lives in Buchanan but attends Bridgman Middle School, has been showing pigs since she was five years old.

“Every day in the morning, me and my siblings will go out, and we’ll feed them,” she said. “If we can’t get out there early enough to walk them when it’s cooler, we will go out later in the evening and walk them, rinse them and give them baths. It’s kind of an everyday thing doing skincare and all of that.”

Managing her time has been a balancing act but Dargus would not have it any other way.

“It’s a lot with these livestock,” Dargus said. “But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I still do school sports, I play volleyball. I still have to make sure that I have plenty of time to work with my livestock.”

Dargus was not the only member of her family to take home trophies at this week’s fair. Her sister, Claire, was named Grand Champion Jr. Swine Showman in the Swine Show and Reserve Medium Market Barrow Grand Champion in the Swine Market show.

Katelyn’s Angus Heifer also placed third overall in the beef show.

Their mother, Kelli Dargus, was proud of their effort this week.

“They put in a lot of work,” she said. “I think more work than people realize. It’s every day; there are no days off. It’s a family affair.”

Berrien County

MGCF awards $121,182 in grants to Berrien, Cass counties

Berrien County

Berrien County reports lower COVID-19 cases in schools following mask mandate

Berrien County

Berrien County amends transportation funding requests

Cassopolis

Dowagiac man found guilty of drunk driving

Cass County

Underground Railroad Society of Cass County wins Michigan Humanities Council 2021 Outstanding Humanities Organization Award

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: Sept. 17-22

Edwardsburg

Ontwa Township/Edwardsburg Police Log: Sept. 13-20

Business

Boutique yoga, wellness studio opens in Edwardsburg

Berrien County

Berrien County Health Department hosts educational event in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Business

Apple Festival Grande Parade is back, looking for participants

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 995,910 cases, 20,700 deaths

Education

Parents protest masks at Niles Community Schools Board of Education meeting

Berrien County

CFCN hosting flu, COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Business

Under the Harvest Moon Festival to offer children’s activities

News

Niles man, 13-year-old passenger killed in Sodus Township crash

Cass County

PHOTO STORY: Old Rugged Cross Church hosts church, museum dedication

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Elks hosting annual Guys and Dolls Golf Outing

News

New general surgeon seeing patients in Niles

Edwardsburg

Michigan Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall stops in Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg

PHOTO STORY: Edwardsburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosts fall festival

News

Niles man sentenced to probation for drunk driving

News

PHOTO STORY: Uptown Fright Fest a success

News

PHOTO STORY: Niles student crowned Miss Apple Festival 2021

News

Three injured in Howard Township crash