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Annual Pike County Steer and Heifer, Goat shows begin Saturday

The 76th Annual Pike County Steer and Heifer Show and Goat Show will get underway with animal check-in at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cattleman Park followed by lunch with the Pike County Cattlemen. The public is invited.

Tammy Powell, Pike County Cattlewoman, said those who have an interest in the promotion of the cattle industry in Pike County and its youth are encouraged to join the Cattlemen, Cattlewomen and participating youth and their families for lunch and then stay for the shows.

The Pike County Goat Project Show will begin at 1:30 p.m. with 23 youngsters between the ages of two and eight competing.

“This is our third year for the goat show, which is an opportunity for young people to learn how to take care of animals and how to accept responsibility for them,” Powell said. “This helps these young people know if they want to have a calf later and take on that responsibility.”

The goat show is divided into two parts. During the regular show, the animals will be led into the arena for judging.

“Next is the costume show,” Powell said. “The goats can be dressed any way the kids want. The goats might be dressed as Elvis, President Trump or Wonder Woman. That’s the fun part of the show for everyone, even the goats.”

Competing in the goat show are Hayden Norman, Ashlyn Adkins, Addison Richburg, Mary-Hollis Drinkard, Preston Hughes, Aiden Haddan, Lulu Thompson, Bentley Chance, Seth Davis, Reid Godbold, MJ Flowers, Eli Wesley, Levi Wesley, McKinley Wood, Jessi Maples, Addison Peters, Avery Richburg, Isla Flowers, Ever Wilson, Rylie Maples, Griffin Webb, Ryles Godbold and Eli Bryan.

The winners in the goat show will receive show buckets, grooming supplies and T-shirts.

The Pike County Steer and Heifer Show will begin immediately after the goat show and will feature 10 young cattlemen and cattlewomen. Competing for the blue ribbons will be Anna Grace Thomas, Goshen; Brandon Cuahua, Goshen; Mikalah Griffin, New Life Christian; Phenix Griffin, Ariton; Annabelle Wesley, Ariton; Marilee Hughes, Goshen; Braxton Jordan, Banks; Wyatt Johnson, Ariton; Gradyn Wesley, Ariton; and Jack Redmon, Goshen.

The winners in the steer and heifer show will receive cash awards, belt buckles and T-shirts.

“We have an outstanding group of competitors in both the steer and heifer shows,” Powell said. “They have worked very hard getting ready for the show and it will be a good one. We encourage the community to come out and support these young people as they compete. They deserve our support.”

Sponsors of the 2018 Pike County Steer and Heifer and Goat Shows are the Pike County Cattlemen, Pike County Cattlewomen, Pike County Junior Cattlemen, Alabama Farmers Federation, Greenhills Funeral Home, 1st South Farm Credit, South Alabama Livestock, Pike County Commissioner Chad Copeland, Pike County Commissioner Robin Sullivan, South Alabama Electric Cooperative and Wesley Farms.

Admission to the Pike County Steer and Heifer Show and the Goat Show is free.