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Celebration winners Supreme 4-H Bred and Owned Cadin Valentine, Ayrshire Supreme 4-H Junior Champion Cadin Valentine, Ayrshire Supreme 4-H Senior Champion BJ Harrison, Holstein Supreme Open Junior Bred and Owned Morgan Osborn Wottlie, Jersey Supreme Open Junior Champion Morgan Osborn Wottlie, Jersey Supreme Open Senior Bred and Owned Richard Kepler, Holstein Supreme Open Senior Champion Richard Kepler, Holstein

Kaylyn, a towering black and white Holstein, secured the top dairy title of Supreme Open Senior Champion at The Great Frederick Fair for her angular build, strength and superior mammory system.

The crowd fully circled the dairy show ring at the fair Friday evening as the winning dairy cows of each class walked one last time around the show ring for a chance at the top seven titles.

The ultimate title of Supreme Open Senior Champion went to Kaylyn, Richard Kepler’s Holstein.

“She’s an extreme individual in her breed,” Kepler said.

Kaylyn won the same title two years ago. She also took him the Supreme Open Senior Bred and Owned title Friday evening. Her mother, Kaitlyn, also took the dual title in 2007, Kepler said.

Kaylyn comes from a line of quality genetics, which sets her apart, he said.

“She loves it,” Kepler said of Kaylyn. “She’s a sweetheart.”

Kepler runs Knob View Farm with his wife Patti, who he married in 1984. He credited her for taking care of their 25 to 30 cows while he is away working for his trucking company.

Kepler was born into a dairy farm and took over his parents’ farm, he said. He no longer milks cows, but said he has not seemed to have fully exited just yet.

Also among the winners was Cadin Valentine, whose entire family was recognized as Farm Family of the Year 2016 earlier during the fair. His Vales-Pride Farm Ayrshire, Dreamer Elizabeth, took the titles of Supreme 4-H Bred and Owned and Supreme 4-H Junior Champion.

The Wottlie family also took home two titles with their Jerseys I Need a Vacation and Iatola Pirouette from Bar-None Jersey farm. Their Jerseys won Supreme Open Junior Bred and Owned and Supreme Open Junior Champion in the ring together. Mother and daughter high-fived in the ring as the awards were announced.

Katie Mason Epstein, 30, was the judge for the competitions. She coaches the York County dairy judging team in Pennsylvania.

“There will always be ups and downs in the dairy industry,” Epstein said. “And a bright point will always be the high quality of cows at The Great Frederick Fair.”

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Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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