LIMA — Youngsters from ten states were at the Allen County Fairgrounds this past weekend, showing their cattle and competing for prizes and points in the Heart of it All Cattle Show.
Most of the cattle at the show were born last spring.
Hope London with the Haskins Clover Crew 4-H club, from Bowling Green, placed third in her class, showing her Miniature Hereford, Yoda.
“I think it’s fun to come to because you meet other people that show cattle, so you know people and you can see different breeds that are around here,” said London.
The 16-year-old has been showing cattle for the past five years.
“It teaches you a lot of hard work and to be humble about what you get,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work that’s put into everything that you do with cattle.”
The show is for youth and helps prepare them for their 4-H projects that they’ll present at their respective county and potentially state fairs.
“It’s one of the first big preview shows in the country. We typically have about 650 to 700 head of cattle show up, and we show them in two rings,” said Brad Winegardner, show manager. “There’s several shows coming up. We have, what they call the BEST program here in Ohio, and it’s kind of a sanctioned deal where these kids are competing for points, and the more shows they go to, the more points they get. At the end, there’s big awards for that,” he said.
The kids put a lot of effort into their cattle.
“The harder you work, the more reward you get. It’s just a good clean competitive competition,” said Winegardner.
The judges look at the cattle for in a number of key areas.
“Different judges from different parts of the country put different emphasis on different things. It’s kind of like you always say it’s one man’s opinion, but you know it will truly give you an idea of what you’re cattle stacks up with the rest of them. The best way I can describe it, it’s probably a beauty contest. They’re looking for the confirmation of straight lines, free movement, just good-looking,” he said.
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