THE THRILL OF THE OCH CHASE
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Lyons winning best turned out,
but it was local pair Mo Baptiste on Spider Man and Boyden Rohner on Lawn Lady who prevailed over a short course in front of spectators to win Best Hill Topper Pair.
In the afternoon, the First Flight combinations of Amy Brown, Cameron Rouse and Shannon Venezia were awarded Best Turned Out, after which the teams presented quite a spectacle as they set off across the rolling fields.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has detected Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, in Clarke County. Two adult Spotted Lanternflies were detected and positively identified at the Clarke County site. SLF is currently found in the City of Winchester and Frederick County, and both localities are included in Virginiaís SLF quarantine. At this time, Clarke County has not been quarantined for SLF.
VDACS will be surveying in Clarke County in an effort to determine if other SLF life stages are present. VDACS encourages all homeowners, nurseries, related businesses and local governments to scout for SLF. If you find this pest, please report your findings to VDACS at 804.786.3515, by email at Spottedlanternfly@vdacs.virginia.gov or contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.
SLF feeds on more than 70 plants, including grapes, stone fruits, hops and Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven). The insect causes damage to plants because of its method of feeding, the rapid buildup of large populations and the production of honeydew, a by-product of their feeding activity that serves as a medium for fungal growth. SLF can also be a nuisance pest to homeowners when found in large numbers.
Click here for more information on Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia or call David Gianino, Program Manager in the VDACS Office of Plant Industry Services, at 804.786.3515.
ALLíS FAIR FROM FAUQUIER
Fauquier County was well represented by 13 members of 4-H participating in a variety of activities at this yearís State Fair. There were quite a few successes by local youngsters. Salem Sifford, 15, of Goldvein, was the fourth high Premier Exhibitor in the intermediate division of Beef and her sister Madison the sixth high in the senior division for beef. The pair had a Division Champion and a Division Grand Champion cow/calf pair. Aaron Locke had a Reserve Senior Heifer Calf, Champion Junior Yearling, and Champion Bred and Owned. His family also raised the Grand Champion Feeder Steer shown by another 4-Her. Sammy Leach had a sixth place Division Steer and Caroline Ralls, 15, of Catlett, had a first place in the heifer class. In the sheep competition, Ryann Bradshaw had won first in class Dorset Lamb and both Ryann and Caroline had class call backs for the division drive. Riley Hines placed third in Swine Herdsman.