WAPAKONETA — Max Homan, a 17-year-old from New Bremen, spent Wednesday afternoon preparing his cow for showing at the Auglaize County Fair.
He’s been showing animals at the fair the past nine years.
He was scheduled to show his animal later in the evening in the Holstein Dairy Beef Steer competition.
“We’ve got to work with them all summer to get them trained and tamed enough to be here and then you feed them and wash them and make them look pretty for the show,” Homan said.
The lessons in raising these projects is something he’ll carry with him into adulthood.
“(It teaches) responsibility and hard work pays off,” Homan said.
Ethan Ausderhaar with the Auglaize County Showstoppers 4-H Club was in charge of the beef shows on Wednesday inside the Piehl Arena.
“In a steer, you want correct legs, (you want it to be) big-boned, just the most product on a steer and which one looks the best,” Ausderhaar said.
He says the number of entries are down over previous years.
“It’s down a little bit. We’ve had some people scratch, but we still have a packed barn,” Ausderhaar said.
“The livestock shows are going good. We still feel the excitement back in the barns, that’s for sure, and the kids are still enjoying it, so that’s been good,” said Ed Doenges, Auglaize County Fair manager.
Of course, Gov. Mike DeWine mandated that all county fairs in Ohio switch to a Junior Fair only, something that caught many by surprise.
“It was frustrating he shut us down when he did, but in the same respect, he’s got a job to do that nobody wants to do either and it’s hard to disagree with whether he’s right or wrong. Everybody’s got their own opinion on that. Yes, it was frustrating that we had to shut down so close to opening. We had a lot of stuff in play and some of the vendors and the ride company were partly here. We were the ones that probably got caught the worst,” Doenges said.
Doenges is concerned about people not wearing masks at the fair.
“The Junior Fair board has done a really great job of keeping your mask on, helping with the social distancing, kudos to them and when you see a lot of people walking around without their mask on, it just makes it harder for them. They’re trying to set an example, but not everybody’s following it,” Doenges said.
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