No rest for weary with fair, cattle sale

The Monday after the Emo Fair just might be one of the craziest days of all. I hadn’t decided if I was coming or going.
The worst part is we are tying up the fair but it also is the beginning of cattle sale week.
2017 should go down as a wonderful fair! We had rain mid-week, but things cleared off and we had incredible weather for the weekend. It certainly was warm but we have been warmer–and we have been colder and wetter, too!
Our cattle show was excellent. With the higher number of animals, we ended up setting up all three barns this year.
Our judge, Jen Stewart, really put us through the test, with our Jack Pot Heifer class lasting nearly an hour-and-a-half long! We had 23 entries, which was pretty awesome.
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The weekly “Catch the Ace” draw also had a pretty amazing weekend! Elaine Fischer won $761.20 but she chose envelope #22, which contained the two of spades (pretty close to the sought-out ace of spades).
As such, the progressive pot should be close to $7,900 for this Saturday’s draw, which will be held at 3 p.m. at the Stratton sales barn.
Part of “Catch the Ace” excitement this past weekend was “Calvin,” the steer that you were to guess the weight of. Calvin enjoyed his time at the fair and loved it when someone would stand and pet him.
He weighed 1,010 pounds, which Marlene McQuaker guessed right on to win $100!
I want to thank everyone who volunteered to sit and sell tickets! We really appreciated your time and effort.
We even had some non-farm people sitting and selling-thanks so much!
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Once again our 4-H members didn’t disappoint us with quality cattle and showmanship skills.
Our Grand Champion Showman was Hannah LeDrew (it should be noted this was her first year showing a beef heifer), Carenna Haw was the Reserve Champion Showman, and Conner Bujold won the Craig Advent Memorial Showman Award.
The grand champion 4-H beef heifer was awarded to Jared Flatt while the reserve title went to Raelle Redford (her heifer also was from Flatt Farms).
Our grand champion steer was shown by Andrea Schram and the reserve was Aaron Bujold.
We had a great steer auction and we really appreciate everyone’s support! Thanks to our new and old buyers-every one of you make our 4-H program that much more successful.
We hope you will join us at our annual Awards Night in March.
I want to mention our hard-luck winners (though I’m not sure it should be called “winners”): Morgan Haw, and Jaden and Joaquin Woolsey.
Morgan’s steer broke his jaw, Jaden’s steer died, and Joaquin’s wouldn’t settle and they were afraid someone would get hurt.
Tim Boersma won the Gary Teeple Memorial Award. He showed his quiet steer but made the decision to not sell it since it needed a few more pounds on it.
I give him and his family a lot of credit for making that decision and not opting to sell just for the money. I’m sure it was a hard decision to make but it was much appreciated.
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The Andy Carpenter Memorial Herdsman Award was given to Rey Chartier this year. Rey was very touched but well-deserving of this award!
I heard many comments from people who enjoy walking through our barn just to see how we decorate.
This year, the winners were Clayton Teeple (1st), Kim Jo Bliss (2nd), Keith Caul (3rd), Tony Flatt (4th), Debbie Zimmerman (5th), and Louis Bujold (6th)!
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to decorate and make our barns looks so nice.
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I likely will have more of a fair report next week but now we move on to the cattle sale this Saturday at the Stratton sales barn.
I hope everyone enjoyed the fair!