On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, a Cattle and Beef show was held at the Macon County Fairgrounds. Entries in Angus, Charolais, Limousin and Simmental were presented by their handlers and judged by Bobby Singleton from Medina, Tennessee. The judge put the handlers through their paces, helping when necessary to control an unruly bull or heifer and explaining to the crowd his reasons for awarding in each category 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the classes and Champion and Reserve Champion in the group.
There were three, separate shows. The Young Cattlemen’s show was sponsored by Jerry Ray’s Clearing & Excavating and Registered Angus Cattle. It was won by 6 year old Lee Jenkins, who received a $100 prize.
The Commercial Beef Show was sponsored by Charles Porter, Porter Dozer Company. Haylee Hodges was the Champion. Olivia Short was Reserve.
The Macon County Fair Beef Show awarded a Champion and a Reserve Champion Heifer in Angus, Charolais, Limousin and Simmental and a Champion and Reserve Champion Bull in Angus, Charolais and Limousin. The champion heifer awards were sponsored by the Macon County Cattlemen’s Association. The champion bull awards were sponsored by Performance Feeds. The classes were divided by age and size and first, second and third place in each class received a small cash prize.
In Angus Heifer, Brett Short received the Champion award. Samantha Bussell was Reserve. In Angus Bull, Nicholas Bussell received the Champion award and there was no Reserve. In Charolais Heifer and Charolais Bull, Caroline Turner received the Champion awards and Haley Brazel received the Reserve Champion awards. In Limousin Heifer, Tyler Hodges was Champion. B. J. Stinson was Reserve. In Limousin Bull, Mark Stinson was the Champion. BJ Stinson was Reserve. In Simmental Heifer, Jim Ligon’s entries won both the Champion and Reserve Champion awards. There were no entries in Simmental Bulls.
These were great shows to watch. The judge’s comments were illuminating. The cattle were accommodating and beautifully groomed and the young handlers did most of the work under their parents’ and the judge’s supervision. They groomed and presented their entries. They made sure their cattle were cooled by the industrial-sized fans brought to the fairgrounds for just that purpose and they checked regularly to ensure the cattle had access to fresh food and water. Very admirable, all around.