Steer show this weekend at Cattleman Park

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Seventh Annual Pike County Invitational Steer and Heifer Show will be today and Saturday at Cattleman Park. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

The show is open to 4-H and FFA members and attracts entries from Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

“This year we have 67 animals registered with 42 young people participating,” said Grant Lyons, Pike County Extension coordinator. “That should make for an exciting and competitive show. It’s great to have interest from families from multiple states and always speaks to the quality of show that we have here in Pike County.”

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Lyons said the Pike County Cattlemen do an excellent job in hosting the event.

“They dedicate a great deal of their time supporting our young people,” he said. “And we are proud to have such a great facility in Cattleman Park to showcase to these participants. We are especially proud to host families from out of town and hope they enjoy their stay in Troy.”

Lyons said attending a calf show is not cheap.

“We are glad that families have decided to participate in our show and spend a few days here,” he said.

Prize money of $500 will be awarded to the Champion Steer and Supreme Heifer. The Reserve Champion Steer and Reserved Supreme Heifer will each receive $250. The third, fourth and fifth overall steers and heifers will each receive prize money.

The Invitational will begin with weigh-in and check-in at 3 p.m. today. Showmanship will begin at 7 p.m. The show will continue at 8 a.m. Saturday with the heifer classes, followed by the steer classes.

“Everyone is invited to attend the show and support our youth in their efforts,” Lyons said.

“Each works hard to prepare their calves for the summer show and then for the fall season. Youth interested in livestock, or agriculture in general, are encouraged to attend the show and meet other young cattlemen.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to have a show like this in Pike County. We appreciate the young people who will participate in this show.”