The Fayette County Junior Fair Market Beef and Beef Feeder Grand Champions were announced Tuesday following their respective classes.
The first cow show of the day was the Beef Feeder Show and Showmanship which began at 3 p.m. at the Sales Arena. After several hours of work, Jessalyn Rife’s steer was announced as the Grand Champion.
“The classes were tough,” the judge said. “That was the best looking animal out here for the Beef Feeder show and I couldn’t pick a better winner.”
Rife has been showing cows for years and continues to leave a trail of success. This is her last year and said she could not of went out on better terms.
“I felt pretty confident (Tuesday),” Rife said. “The judge acted like he was interested, and he continued to look back and continued coming to see my steer, but the beef industry has gotten a lot more competitive and the competition was nice. We are probably going to go to the state fair with this steer.”
Shaela McDonald’s animal was also a favorite of the judge’s and received the Reserve Champion Beef Feeder title. Both McDonald’s and Rife’s animals will be part of the Friday sale.
Finally at the end of the show, Victoria Waits was announced as the Overall Beef Feeder Showman.
“I am feeling pretty good,” Waits said. “I am excited about the competition, I was in it (Showman of Showmen) my first year and I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to do it again this year. I want to thank my uncle Jeff for helping me with showing and my mother for letting me take this project.”
The Market Beef Show and Showmanship began at the Sales Arena as well following the Beef Feeder show. Melissa Ritenour’s steer was selected as not only the Grand Champion Market Steer, but also for the Overall Market Steer Showman.
“That steer put the most things together,” the judge said. “We evaluate these steer and want them to be thick, and this one was very complete.”
“I am feeling excited,” Ritenour said. “I have been working with this animal since April of 2013 and I am feeling a little anxious about the sale on Friday. I am a little nervous about the show on Saturday versus the other showmen and might have difficulty with the turkey.”
Cameron Fannin’s steer was announced as the Reserve Champion Market Steer. Both Ritenour’s and Fannin’s steers will be sold Friday.