TROY - The 137th Troy Fair is over, and it no doubt yielded many good times and happy memories for fair-goers.

But there were also quite a few success stories.

Just ask some of the people who entered various contests at the fair this year, and came out winners.

Taylar Sherman and Chris Schuler of Wysox and their friend, Denise Pease of Susquehanna County, were showing Jersey cows.

It was their time to shine. The moment had arrived.

And they won big with Grand Champion Jersey, Reserve Grand Champion Jersey, and Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor for Jerseys.

Sherman said it felt "great."

After all their work, she said, "it pays off."

A cow named "Black Rose" was their Grand Champion. Sherman said the cow is four years old and has a "great" udder.

Another big winner was Jessica Nolt, 9, from the Canton area, who had the Youth Supreme Champion with her Jersey cow, "Sweetie."

She said Sweetie is her best friend, and "she's so sweet."

Nolt, a member of the Leona Dairy Club who will be attending Troy Intermediate School in the fall, said she talks to her cow when she's showing her before the judges.

"I always tell her stuff, like what's happening."

"It was exciting," said Nolt's mother, Karen. "We couldn't believe she won."

Jessica's parents were happy that she won with her cow after all her hard work throughout the year. They noted that such success keeps the next generation interested in agriculture. They plan on taking Sweetie to other shows in the future.

Destiny Powell, 9, of Rome had the Supreme Champion Ewe with "Sparky."

She enjoyed taking part in the competition.

"It's fun, and made me happy."

Jill Cole of Wetona, meanwhile, was savoring her success with a first place ribbon in the photography competition.

She entered her color photograph under the "shopping" theme. Her photo, "Perfect Fit," showed her daughter, Meredith, 7, shopping at a rummage sale.

Jill has been taking part in the show for 10 years, and this was her first win.

Other winners in the photography contest in different categories were Faye Good of Canton, first place, for photo titled "Snowy Reflections;" Chelsea Wagner of Troy, first place, for photo titled "Home;" and Glen Richards of Troy, first place and Best of Show, for photo titled "Windows of Wisdom."

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: