Little cow handler carries on a family tradition at Field Days


SHOREHAM EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Ava Wood flashes a big smile with her calf, Alice (named for her late great-grandmother), after winning a competition. Her great-grandfather Victor (Alice’s husband) watches proudly in the white hat in the background. Photo courtesy of Gail Wood

Eight-year-old Ava Alice Wood from Shoreham showed a big smile when she took first place in her dairy Showmanship class at Field Days this past Thursday, Aug. 8. The date was a particularly significant one for the New Haven 4-H club member.

Aug. 8 marked the anniversary to the day that her great-grandmother Alice Condon Quesnel passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at her home at the age of 89. Quesnel passed away the day after attending the Addison County Gospel Choir performance at Field Days — an annual performance that she looked forward to each year. Alice was a farm wife and a 4-H leader, so of course she attended the fair annually.

This Aug. 8, Alice’s husband (and Ava’s great-grandfather), Victor, was sitting ringside on the first bleacher in the Dairy Show Arena to witness Ava earn the 1st-place ribbon for Novice A Showmanship with her Holstein calf named “Alice.” There were happy and proud tears in Victor’s eyes.

Ava Alice Wood made this anniversary date very special for the whole family.

— Gail Wood (Ava’s grandmother)

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