A Decade of The Best in The West: Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show

By: Region 8 Roving Reporter

The 2009 Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show certainly was “The Best in The West.” This year marked the 10-year Anniversary of a Mini Hereford show in Oregon—the only one other than the National Western to reach this milestone. The entire four-day event went without a hitch as every breeder extended helping hands to each
other whether in the wash racks, tie outs, stalls, or preparing for show.

Upon arrival at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, exhibitors received “Welcome Bags”—which included special hats embroidered with ranch names, Hereford cookies, a cow cookie cutter, and local Oregon products. MHBA members were greeted by the sweet smell of fresh doughnuts, orange juice, and Starbucks coffee, which was sponsored by a different breeder each morning.

By 8:00, bidding began on ten silent auction items (ranging from a painting, to cattle equipment, to lavender baskets) that were graciously donated by Straitside Ranch, Sweet Sippin’ Acres, PJ Ranch, LE & J Cattle Service, DuVal Farms, and Wayne Baize.

The Show was one of the best events I have been to, with a line up of first in class prizes enticing exhibitors and their cattle, an outstanding judge, and intense competition. Forty-five head of Miniature Herefords were entered into this year’s Oregon State Fair show! Each first in class winner received a 50-pound bag of feed and a feed pan. Grand Champion Female and Grand Champion Bull were presented with a championship neck sash.

The Second Annual Junior Showmanship competition directly followed the Open show, with twelve kids, ages six to 18, participating in four divisions, each wearing a donated matching embroidered denim shirt. They were all presented with special medallions, a feed pan, rope halter, and wash brush. Champion Showmen from each division also received embroidered chairs; additionally, the Grand Champion Showman was awarded a gift certificate to Sullivan’s Show Supply.

At the Awards Banquet later that night, open show division winners were presented with handcrafted embroidered scrapbook albums while specialty classes received embroidered stadium blankets or brass engraved picture frames. Grand and Reserve Champion Female and Bulls were awarded with embroidered armchairs. My favorite
awards accompanied the Pair of Bulls winners—an engraved knife with “Keep the Best, Cut the Rest” for Reserve, and two matching nose bugs with brass-plated leads for Champion. John and Betty Johnson of Straitside Ranch were recognized for their contribution to the Miniature Hereford breed by receiving a plaque and blanket. Every exhibitor concluded that night’s banquet with an award. On Monday, members were treated to a picnic lunch provided by DuVal Farms and Straitside Ranch. Everyone joined together once more to swap stories and laughs before heading for home.

“A Decade of The Best in The West” was an amazing show for everyone!

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