Premium Sale: Showmen display animals at annual fair auction
The 2017 Carroll County Fair came to a close on Saturday, kicking off its final day with the annual premium livestock sale in the arena.
Livestock show winners led their champion animals around the ring, giving the crowd the chance to bid on each. The premium buyers gave sponsorships as a winning bid donation to help peewee, junior and senior showmen with the costs of preparing their animals for competition. No meat is exchanged unless otherwise specified.
Logan Sigmon, son of Mike and Lisa Sigmon, won Grand Champion Market Steer and Carroll County Born and Bred Grand Champion Steer. For an animal to be eligible for “Carroll County Born and Bred,” it must be conceived and born inside the boundaries of Carroll County.
Sigmon received $4,600 from Tanner Pipe and Steel for his steer.
Hendon McAlister, son of Brad and Mandy McAlister, won Grand Champion Heifer and received $2,400 from Powell Feed.
“It felt really good to win that,” he said. “This week, I won grand champion heifer, grand champion bull, division winner, and I won showmanship. It’s been a lot of fun.”
To get his cattle ready for competition, McAlister said he feeds them and takes them on walks throughout the year. The work is worth it, he said, for the fun of participating in the fair.
“It’s a lot of work each year,” he said. “My favorite part of the fair is meeting all the new people.”
Bella Forney, daughter of Mike Allen and Lasae Forney, won Grand Champion Market Hog.
Andrew Rexwinkle, son of Monty and Britni Rexwinkle, won Grand Champion Market Lamb and Carroll County Born and Bred Reserve Champion Market Lamb.
To get his sheep and goats ready for competition, he said he walks them, feeds them and works them regularly.
“It felt good to win,” Rexwinkle said. “It’s fun being part of the fair.”
Bennett Bolding, son of Todd and Laura Bolding, won Grand Champion 4-H Pullet Chain.
Asher Winkle, son of Ryan and Jennifer Winkle, won Grand Champion Pen of Fryer Rabbits and received $1,300 from Jo Ann Clark-State Farm Insurance.
“We walk him, work him and feed him,” Winkle said, describing how he gets one of his rabbits ready to show at competition.
Winning Grand Champion was a little overwhelming, he said.
“It was like ‘Whoa, I won,’ ” Winkle said. “My favorite part of the competition is getting to show off my rabbit. You get to pet them and love on them.”
Caleb Broeker, son of Vince and Beth-Ann Broeker, won Grand Champion Carroll County Born and Bred Heifer.
Tait Murphy, son of Kelly and Loretta Murphy, won Grand Champion Carroll County Born and Bred Market Hog.
MaKenzie McGee, daughter of Jennifer McGee, won Grand Champion Carroll County Born and Bred Market Goat. To get her goat ready for competition, she said she exercises it, feeds it and bathes it regularly.
McGee said she was excited to be part of the premium sale this year.
“I love getting to work with my goat and show him off,” she said.
Katelyn Rexwinkle, daughter of Monty and Britni Rexwinkle, won Grand Champion Carroll County Born and Bred Market Lamb and Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb.
Ashney Hawkins, daughter of Brad and Mandy McAlister, won Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer and Carroll County Born and Bred Reserve Champion Market Steer.
Ashley Usrey, daughter of Byron and Christie Usrey, won Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog.
Trenton Kelley, son of Andy and Melissa Kelley, won Reserve Grand Champion Dairy Female.
Kyle Ball, son of Ben and Lori Ball, won Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Pullet Chain.
Jason McCullough, son of Mike McCullough, won Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Fryer Rabbits.
Jace Meador, son of Chris and Alechia Meador, won Reserve Grand Champion Carroll County Born and Bred Market Hog.
Maddie Writer, daughter of Jeff and Tera Writer, won Reserve Champion Carroll County Born and Bred Heifer.
“To get her ready, we just rinsed her and blow-dried her,” Writer said. “During the year, I walk her and feed her a certain amount of food to get her ready.”
She said she loves participating in the premium sale.
“It’s fun just to experience it,” Writer said.