4-H and FFA members competed in the Junior Steer Show on Wednesday night for the title of Grand Champion.
Alexis Plackemeier won Grand Champion for her steer, with Tyler Bruns winning Reserve Champion for placing second. Over 50 contestants participated in the event.
Contestants showed calves they have raised for the past eight months in classes. A judge hired for the event then chooses the best of each class, and those steer go on to compete in the final class. The winner of the final class is declared Grand Champion Market Steer, with second place honored as Reserve Champion.
The cattle are judged as market steers, so the judge looks for qualities that buyers would look for in a meat auction – something contestants got to experience on Thursday at the Jr. Livestock Auction. The Junior Steer Show, unlike the open livestock shows later in the fair week, is only available for members of 4-H and FFA to compete in. Besides the steer show, members of the two clubs can also participate in the Junior Chicken, Rabbit, Market Swine, and Lamb shows.
Both the Lamb and Market Swine shows are run much the same as the Steer show, and this year Charleigh Spoonster won Grand Champion for the lambs and Amanda Orth won Grand Champion for the market swine.