The 2019 Delaware County Spring Livestock Show took place at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Feb. 27 to March 2.
FFA and 4-H members from throughout the county took part in the show, exhibiting hogs, sheep and goats over two days, with the premium sale occurring the third day.
It took months of work taking care of their animals, feeding, grooming, cleaning and working with each of their entries to be able to lead them through the judging in the Spring Show.
Entries originated from all over Delaware county, from Grove, Jay, Oaks, Kansas, Colcord, the Leach 4H and Starr 4H, some with multiple generations who helped prepare the livestock for showing.
Naaman Niehus, a young man from Jay who attends Grove High School showed his Brangus heifer.
For city folks, Brangus is a cross between Brahman and Angus, being 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Angus, resulting in a very solid and disease resistant breed.
Niehas was third generation to show at the Delaware county fairgrounds.
His mother Susie Niehas, along with her sister Christie Smith had their turn showing livestock when they were younger and now her 3-year-old son Paxton Smith was helping Niehas get his heifer ready.
They worked hard washing, trimming hair and tail, fluffing, spraying and shaping hair, all to make his heifer look her finest.
It worked; with more than 50 heifers that were shown, Niehas was awarded Breed Champion Brangus for his entry.
The heifers and steers were shown on Thursday, the hogs, sheep and goats were shown on Friday.
On Saturday, was the Spring Livestock Show and Premium sale.
In a premium sale, the entrants get the amount of money that was bid on their animal and still kept their animal as opposed to a terminal sale is where the winning bidder gets the animal.
The Grand Champions all qualify to compete in Oklahoma City, but where they aren’t able the Reserve Grand Champion would take their place.
The Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions were:
Grand Champion Hog - Marisa Rowe, Grove FFA, $1,000
Grand Champion Show Ring Steer – Lauren Chaney, Grove FFA, $1,500
Grand Champion Heifer – Caleb Holcombe, Jay FFA, $3,000
Reserve Grand Champion Heifer – Kash Butler, Grove FFA, $1,700
Grand Champion Market Lamb – Lila Sherman, Jay FFA, $2,700
Reserve Grand Market Lamb – Hagen Horney, Leach 4H, $1,400
Grand Champion Market Goat – Mia McCool, Grove FFA, $1,500
The premium sale on March 2 was preceded by a chuck wagon dinner provided by Grand Savings Bank.
The sale was held in the arena to a standing-room-only crowd.