“The show must go on,” is a saying that applies to not only show biz, but it seems also to county fairs. Despite concerns about the spread of CoVid, Pike County (Missouri) Fair authorities took the plunge and followed through on the year-long planning process that manifested as the annual Pike County Fair July 28 - August 1 in Bowling Green.
Every year, the livestock showing competitions reward hard work with recognition for a job well done. Many young people from throughout the county use the opportunity to exhibit all manner of livestock, giving the kids a chance to hone their skills throughout the year and finally at the fair.
Kendall Smith, an Eolia resident entering her junior year at Clopton High, spent many hours during the past year preparing several kinds of creatures for competitions. In the end, she came away with a bushel of awards. Her sheep garnered the Champion Senior Showman award, as well as Reserve Grand Champion Hampshire Ewe. The cattle she exhibited earned Steer second in class and fourth overall in Pike County. Smith felt that her comfort level has expanded throughout the years of livestock showing because, in the beginning, she was “very nervous when being judged.” At this year’s fair, both she and her livestock were very much at ease with the process.
Another Eolia resident, Carragan Lockard, a senior at Clopton, exhibited for the third year at the fair. Livestock that received awards included her steer heifer and steer yearling heifer. Her hard work earned her 1st in class. Showing livestock has become a fixture in Lockard’s daily life. “I plan to keep showing,” she remarked, “until the maximum age” for young people to participate.
Additional Eolia youth who exhibited include Neveah Ricks and Logan Hall. Among their awards were (for Ricks) Swine - Reserve Champion Berkshire Gilt and Grand Champion Duroc Gilt; and (for Hall) Cattle - Grand Champion Crossbred Bull.
A total of ten FFA members from Clopton High School participated in the events. First-year FFA sponsor, Kaylee Calvin, was exceptionally proud of the students’ successes.