Niles’ Tharp wins second straight Cass County Youth Dairy Show

Published 7:00 pm Monday, August 1, 2022

CASSOPOLIS — Mary Tharp has made herself right at home in the Cass County Fair Youth Dairy Show ring.

For the second straight fair, the Niles native took home Champion Showman honors at Monday’s Cass County Fair Youth Dairy Show.

Alainna Preston was named Reserve Grand Champion.

The victory capped a busy morning of competitions for Tharp. She had placed third in the lamb showmanship senior division just moments before the diary show began.

“It was intense,” she said. “It was really hard to switch mindsets. I just made sure to take a deep breath.”

As part of the judge’s evaluation process, the judge had contestants briefly switch animals in order to test their knowledge.

“I have to know the biggest difference between their cow and my cow,” she said. “Whether it’s a heifer, or if it’s a cow, what’s wrong with it, what its strengths and flaws are. I walked around the cow and found what I liked.”

Tharp has been showing in the fair since she was six years old. While she is sad that it will come to an end, she looks forward to making this year’s fair a fair she will not soon forget.

“I’m just really excited,” she said. “I’ve worked all winter and summer for this. I’ve been traveling, showing and trying to get as much exposure as I can. I’m just really happy right now.”

2022 Cass County Fair Youth Dairy Show results


Grand Champion Showman – Mary Tharp

Reserve Grand Champion Showman – Alainna Preston


Grand Champion Holstein – Alexandra Westphal

Reserve Grand Champion – Mary Tharp


Grand Champion Jersey  – Abigail Carpenter

Reserve Grand Champion – Hannah Carr

Any Other Breed 

Grand Champion AOB – Alainna Preston

Reserve Grand Champion – Abigail Carpenter