Boys Best Judges in Pee Dee Contest.
Antioch high school, Darlington county, won first place in the District vocational agricultural judging contest held at the Pee Dee experimental station yesterday, it was announced last night in Columbia. Aynor high school came second and Hartsville high school placed third.
The three winning teams will represent their district in the state contest which will be held June 3 and 4 at Clemson college. From the state contest, teams will be selected to represent South Carolina at the American Royal Live Stock show and the National Diary show.
Thirty schools, with 90 boys participating, were entered in the contest yesterday. Clarence Byrd of Antioch, president of the Future Palmetto Farmers association, was high scorer in the judging. On the winning team besides him were Raymond Howle and Roy Chapman. The team was coached by B. H. Stribling, teacher of agriculture.
The Aynor team was composed of Tom Page, Rupert Huggins, and Malcom Laruis. It was coached by N. E. Hixon, agriculture teacher.
The Hartsville team was coached by J. O. Betha and composed of Carroll McInvaill, James Stewart, and Beasley Blackwell.
Other teams placing high in the contest were Hillcrest in Sumter county, Conway and Brittons Neck.
Judgings were made on the following. Corn, oats, Irish potatoes, peach trees, mules, dairy cows, and poultry. Judges were: Ward McLendon of Florence, S. J. Mathews of Clemson college, and P. B. Waters of Blaney. The materials for the contest were provided by the Pee Dee experimental station. Keefe’s poultry farm, and Dr. F. H. McLeod. W. H. Garrison of Columbia and L. T. Truette of Conway were in general charge of the contest.