At the Orange County Fair, siblings Dylan, 18, and Erin Mongan, 15, both members of Orange Acres Back Breakers (OABB) 4-H Club, faced off against one another in the turkey pen.
Dylan’s male turkey, Andre the Giant, had won Champion Tom. Erin’s female, Ella, had won Champion Hen. The two were vying for Grand Champion Turkey.
In the end, Dylan and André the Giant emerged victorious. For the fourth time in six years, a feat unmatched at the Orange County Fair for any type of animal, Dylan Mongan won a Grand Championship. Andre, too, set a record as the heaviest bird ever, weighing in at a whopping 51.7 lbs. He was auctioned to Juicy’s for $4,500.
After the fair, Dylan will hang up his 4-H whites, purchase a car with his winnings, and head to the University of Redlands to study environmental science.
Sister Erin, who also raises steers in OABB, will undoubtedly be back to represent the 4-H club in future OC Fairs.
Other OABB members also earned ribbons: Bryson Sara took Champion 4-H Rabbit Market Pen, second place with his tom turkey and fourth with his hen turkey. William Gallegos won third place with his broiler chickens, while Bryson Sara nabbed fourth.
OABB is already planning for next year, and will have a Heritage (historic breeds on the conservation list) sheep project for the first time.
The club is seeking an extra horse stall(s) or paddock to raise six lambs, from approximately March through July, 2019.
Contact OABB 4-H Project Leader Marcie DeWolf, (714) 321-0428 with questions, or for sponsorship or donation information.
Siblings pit poultry at the OC Fair
Dylan Mongan and his champion tom, left, competed against his sister, Erin, right, and champion hen for Grand Champion Turkey.