Thursday I went to my neighboring county for their fair. It was a nice day for the show and there was a good number of animals. In my class there were 7 wethers and I got 1st place and 3rd place!!!! All summer I have been 2nd, 3rd, last but never first. I had shown against some of the competition before and didn't figure I had a chance but the judge really liked one of my wethers. Since I had 2 wethers in the same class and I didn't bring anyone with me I had a kid from my county help and he got to show the one that got 1st. He did a great job showing. His wethers ended up winning grand and reserve. I was really happy to end up with a first at my last show it just made my day a little less sad. Only disappointing part was not winning Senior Showmanship. I wouldn't care if I didn't know the girl and know that she hates showing and didn't want to be there. The judge said great things about me but apparently I messed up a turn or some BS like that. But hey no use crying over spilled milk I have won my fair share of showmanship awards over the years.
In fact over the past 10 years my family and I have won 4 trophies, 6 buckles, 1 glass plate, 5 banners, 3 lawn chairs, 5 bags, 13 jackets, 7 plaques, different buckets and feeders, and over 285 ribbons (not counting the ones that get chewed on and lost in the show box). We have shown in 4 different states Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma and many different county fairs.
This is only a small portion we have on display! We have a box full of the little ribbons.
The 3 buckles I've won.
3 ribbons our buck Pop won in Oklahoma.
A plaque I won.
Here are some of my favorite pins I've found that really capture my experiences showing livestock.