LIMA — Chloe Agler with Auglaize Ag and Jones Show Cattle took home the junior fair born and raised market steer show grand championship Tuesday night at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
Traigh McCullough, who won three of the four classes, placed second and Isabella Treglia placed third.
McCullough battled rambunctious steers throughout the whole show but wrastled his way into three top-10 finishes in second, fourth and sixth respectively.
“Really impressive group this year … Maybe you can make a case for each one of them,” said Judge Justin Stierwalt when announcing his decision for grand champion. “For me, I think it maybe boils down to the pair of them. I think one of them is just a notch more muscular as you just read him right out of the back of his shoulder. In terms of expression, probably packs a little more heat from behind. If I get critical, maybe he’s just a nickel short in his rear step, a little smaller in his rear foot, a little shorter on his hip.
In addition to McCullough, Logan Heffner, of Auglaize Ag, rounded out the top five with a fifth-place finish.
Stierwalt also took the time to mention the importance of 4-H during the show.
“I know 2020 hasn’t been anything what we expected it to be but to be able to take a county fair of this magnitude and to be able to make it work and just make it happen, my hats off to you guys,” he said. “I know there hasn’t been a whole lot of positives, but one thing we can take away from this year, we’ve got to make sure we’re out here and being active to push for things like this because if we sit back and take it for granted, this like this can be taken from us in the blink of an eye. So make sure we’re being proactive, make sure we’re being supportive of our 4-H and all of our youth projects.”
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