It was wet and muddy last Thursday morning but the 70th annual Steer & Market Swine Show and Sale in Quincy was in full gear prior to the 12:30 p.m. steer show.
Second grader R.J. Jackson and his dad Ronnie were busy getting R.J.’s steer, named “Timothy,” all gussied-up for the competition. This was R.J.’s first show and earlier in the morning he’d taken fifth place in the swine competition.
R.J. said it was “good” being a Gadsden County 4-H member and that raising Timothy took a lot of work. “I had to practice walking him and holding his head up,” he said.
R.J. said he was already planning for the 71st annual show: “Next year I’m bringing a steer and a heifer!”
John Patrick Pickles, 2nd grader from Havana, poses with his hog, “Meaty,” who placed 4th in the swine show.
The Grand Champion Steer was shown by Presley Manley and the Reserve Champion Steer was shown by Jaylon Moore. The Grand Champion Swine was shown by Lexie Delbrey and the Reserve Champion Swine was shown by Tylar Hawthorne. Home Grown Champion Steer was shown by Selenna Carter and Reserve Champion by John Allen Smith III. The Grand Champion Heifer was shown by Lexie Delbrey and the Reserve Champion Heifer was shown by Allison Cone.
Entries this year included 40 swine, 17 steers and nine heifers.