Family and friends filled the stands in the Eby Youth Arena Tuesday afternoon for the Junior Fair Beef Show. The event, overseen by Key Leader Bill McDonald, Senior Fair Board member Quinton Keeran and Junior Fair Board members Haylee Henry and Chase Kelly, kicked off at 2 p.m. and started with the exhibition parade of junior senior-led cattle.
Judge Kyle Nichols’ opening comments set the stage for the show, hinting at the talented presenters to come.
“I think the minute they walk in the ring, just the show-ring presence they come in with, they know where they need to get these cattle to,” Nichols said.
The first set of classes, 1A-1C, presented a theme which would persist through the rest of the show: how competitive the participants were.
“They’re coming in here on a mission, as far as getting these cows set up and walked into position as quickly as you can. The cows are really highly presented,” Nichols said.
After a couple of tough judgments and rearranging of positions, the competition paid off and the winners were in place. Even though the animals were getting restless toward the end of the event, their presenters managed to guide them to a win.
Grand Champion Dairy Beef Feeder went to Sarah Denes and the Reserve Champion to Kristyn Smith.
For the Beef Feeders, the Champion was Luke Mason and Reserve Champion went to Macy Burchett, who was also a top competitor as a senior showman.
The Breeding Heifer went to MacKenzie Reeves.
Grand Champion Market Steer went to Josh Champer and Reserve Champion went to Kosta Xenikis.
Xenikis also led the showman class, eventually taking the prize as Showman of Showmen.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.