For the third year, Friday evening at the Clarke County Fair included the Smooch-a-Moo fundraiser prior to the livestock auction. Throughout the week, people made donations to “vote” for one of four contestants. And, by agreeing to kiss a cow in front of a standing-room-only auction crowd, the participants this year raised $1,113 for the Clarke County 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Association.
Pastor Jonathan Bunker of Berryville Presbyterian Churc won by earning the most money; however, all the Smooch-a-Moo contestants wanted to kiss the cow. They were Virginia State Police Trooper Brandon Trevon “Tre” Taylor, Virginia Senate District 1 candidate Timmy French, and 2023 Miss Clarke County Fair Noelle Whalen. This year’s Moo-cow was Fiesta, a very patient 5-month-old Holstein shown by 12-year-old