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News Community Macon man inducted into Mountain State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame

“I’ve had the chance to get to know Mike over the past eight years,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “He has had a tremendous impact on animal agriculture in Western North Carolina.”Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler inducted a Macon County man into the N.C. Mountain State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Friday, Sept. 7, at the Western N.C. Agricultural Center.

Steve Ledford was one of two inductees recognized for his outstanding contributions to the livestock shows at the Mountain State Fair. Mike Stiles of Cherokee County was the other inductee. Each inductee received a plaque for their accomplishments. An additional plaque will be displayed in the Livestock Sales Arena following the 2012 N.C. Mountain State Fair.

Steve Ledford is a public works director for Macon County. Ledford was one of the early contributors to the Mountain State Fair livestock shows, and continues to provide swine and cattle for exhibition. He also holds clinics at his barn to teach young people how to care for and show livestock.

“The Mountain State Fair livestock shows would not be possible without the support of farmers, ranchers and other ag leaders in our community,” Troxler said. “Steve has helped make the Mountain State Fair livestock shows what they are today.”

Mike Stiles is an animal health technician with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He has worked with the department for 27 years. Stiles was recognized for his responsibility in helping to build the livestock shows at the Mountain State Fair, as well as county fairs throughout Western North Carolina.


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