Champion of Champions

Youth Ambassadors

  • Lithia, Florida

    Austin Holcomb

    I’m Austin Holcomb, I am a fifth-generation dairy farmer. My herd of dairy cattle currently consists of approximately 25 cows and I have had the opportunity to show at the North American International Livestock Expedition in Louisville, Kentucky. I am extremely thankful for the Champion Youth programs at the Florida State Fair. Not only has it allowed me to exhibit my animals, but also to showcase my knowledge about the industry I love. I hope that all youth members take advantage of the wonderful opportunities associated with the Champion Youth program.

     

  • Ocala, Florida

    Payton Davis

    My name is Payton Davis, and I am a senior at Belleview High School, and I also have the opportunity to serve as the President of the Belleview High FFA Chapter and the Marion County FFA Federation. I have been showing at the Florida State Fair since I was eight years old. The people I have met and the friends I have made along the way make the fair even more incredible. I have shown goats, heifers, steers, and barrows at the state fair, and this year I plan on showing a steer and a barrow.

    I hope to see you at the 2022 Florida State Fair!

     

  • Archer, Florida

    Anna Tsemba

    I am Anna Tsemba. I currently attend the University of Florida and I am majoring in Animal Science on the pre-vet track. I started showing livestock my freshman year, not knowing anything about agriculture or livestock. Thanks to the Florida State Fair Champions of
    Champions Youth Program I have been able to learn and expand my knowledge about the industry. I show goats, market steers, and dairy at the Florida State Fair. They are more challenging, due to having a new one each year. It can be difficult learning what works and what does not. My favorite part of the fair has to be the friends and the amazing memories I have made.

     

  • Palatka, Florida

    Samantha Harper

    Samantha Harper resides in Palatka, Florida and is a junior at the college prep school Q.I. Roberts Jr-Sr High. Samantha’s agriculture journey started when she selected Agriculture as her 6th grade elective and did her first Supervised Agricultural Experience Project on raising her first rabbit.

    There is nothing like the new friendships, amazing experiences, and incredible knowledge gained at the Florida State Fair. Samantha hopes to see you at the Florida State Fair in 2022!

  • Brooksville, Florida

    Mary Babione

    I’m Mary Babione, and I started showing animals at the Hernando County Fair when I was in the seventh grade. Over the past few years, I have shown pigs, steers, and rabbits.  I showed a rabbit at the Florida State Fair for the first time this past February. The Champion Youth Program challenged me to learn more about the industry. I was honored to participate in the Champion of Champions Round Robin Contest and was able to further my knowledge of different animal species.

     

  • Floral City, Florida

    Nathanael Monroe

    Nathanael is a senior in the Brooksville Sr. FFA Chapter, he is the chapter president and district secretary. He has been showing for ten years and this will be his fourth year showing at the state fair. Throughout his ten years he has exhibited nearly every animal, even if it was only once for the round robin competition; however, he mostly spends his time raising and showing swine, poultry, and rabbits. Nathanael says his state fair experiences have been some of the most memorable experiences and have offered him so many new opportunities and has taught him great life lessons. His recommendation to anyone who is a perspective state fair exhibitor is simply put: DO IT!