He said he just couldn’t quit smiling.
“This has been my goal for a long time and I pushed hard,” he said.
Devan’s 4-H Club leader, Dawn West, said he was prepared and calm.
“He did a wonderful job,” West said. “He was much more relaxed this year. I tell them that just comes with age. With time, they become more familiar with the animals. And Devan has also spent a lot of time in other shows — national and local. He did more than 4-H.”
Devan’s parents, Holly and Larry Cox, were also very proud of his performance. The Cox family is originally from Indianapolis.
“We moved to Coatesville in 1996 to get away from the city,” his mother, Holly Cox, said. “4-H has been a good family activity we could all do together.”
She said she was pleased with how well Devan did after having a difficult beginning to fair week.
“It’s been stressful,” she said. “He lost a pig that was supposed to be here, just before we came. The heat has been difficult too. He worked so hard at it. I’m just so proud of him.”
His grandmother, Pauline Cox, also attended the competition.
“He’s my youngest grandson,” Pauline said. “He just did so well.”
Jennifer had to make a quick exit to begin driving back to Iowa where she needed to be at work on Friday. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in May and has taken a job with Dow AgroSciences as an ag/chem sales representative.
“I’m just so proud of him,” she said of her brother. “He’s grown up into such a great young man. This means the world to him.”