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Pike County kids score high in steer, heifer show

The Pike County Cattlemen’s Memorial Day Blowout Steer and Heifer Show at Cattlemen Park Saturday was exactly as billed with 99 youths from four states showing 168 animals.

Cattleman Heath Wesley said the Memorial Day Blowout was the first show of the season for many of kids,

“It was evident that the kids had worked hard and learned a lot,” Wesley said. “They did an excellent job in demonstrating their showmanship skills and in presenting their animals. They are all to be congratulated. They will continue to do well throughout the show season.”

Wesley expressed appreciation to the youths and also to their parents for the support of and encouragement for their kids.

Wesley said all of the animals have championship qualities and will present well throughout the season.

He congratulated all winners in the Pike County Cattlemen’s Memorial Day Blowout.

The Grand Champion Steer was shown by Greer Jones of Pike County. The Reserve Champion was shown by Summer Edwards of Fort Valley, Georgia.

The third-place steer was shown by Greer Jones; the fourth- place steer was shown by Brandon Cuahua of Pike County; and fifth-place steer by Georgian Taylor Medders.

The Grand Champion Heifer was shown by Anniston Bolding of Maplesville.

Asa Thompson of Pike County showed the Reserve Champion Heifer.

Loulou Thompson, also of Pike County, took third place honors. Asa Thompson took fourth-  place and Hannah Grace Childress of Thorsby took fifth place.

In Showmanship, LouLou Thompson took the Grand Championship of the Pee Wee division and Mason DuBose was the Reserve Champion. Both are from Pike County. MJ Flowers, another local youngster, took fifth place. Camden Upchurch was third and Paige Lyle, fourth.

In Junior Showmanship, Greer Jones of Pike County was the Reserve Champion. The Championship was awarded to Lillian Smith. Madison McDonald was third, Baylor Johnson was fourth and Mackenzie Smith, fifth.

The Intermediate Showmanship Champion was Tyler Crim and the Reserve Championship was awarded to Rex Harrison. London Steele was third, Ella Grace Downs, fourth and Alainey Breaux, fifth.

Russell Jordan was the Champion Senior showman and Jewel Thompson the Reserve Champion. Third place went to Cooper George, Whitnie Yoder, fourth and Hannah Grace Childress, fifth. Reserve Champion

Grace Gullatt was the champion of the Collegiate Showman and Anslie Yoder, the. Reserve Champion. Cameron Catrett of Luverne took third place in the Collegiate Showmanship division.

A special event of the Memorial Day Blowout was the presentation of scholarships by the Pike County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen.

Each year, organizations award scholarships to young people who show an interest in pursuing careers in agriculture and related fields.

The Pike County Cattlewomen presented $500 scholarship awards to Alexis Adkins, Abbie Barron, Grace Redmon and Jaleigh Owens. The Pike County Cattlemen scholarships were awarded to Hannah Helms, Davis Allen, Niko Tempelis and Olivia Kyzar.

The show committee expressed appreciation to the show’s sponsors for their support of Pike County youth and the Memorial Day Blowout: South Farm Credit, Alabama Ag Credit, Pinckard Vault and Marble/Green Hills Funeral Home, Pike County Farmers Federation, South Alabama Stockyard, Inc., City of Troy, Clowers,  Capital Tractor, DuBose Farms, South Alabama Electric Cooperative, First National Bank, Maples Show Cattle, Slawson Manufacturing, Troy Bank and Trust, Sun South, Rafter Bar A Supplies, Scott Farm Supply, ShowCoat Solutions, LLC, Orange Hill Express Inc., Pike County Cattlemen and Pike County Cattlewomen.