Best in the West: Another Great Year

Another Great Year at “The Best In The West” Oregon State Fair
By: Region 8 Roving Reporter

Celebrating its eleventh consecutive show, the Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show is truly “The Best In The West.” With over 50 head of Minis registered for the OSF, the 2010 show proved to be a tremendous success. The show coordinators and participants expressed their immense appreciation for those breeders who continue to support the OSF as well as the newcomers from Oregon, California, Montana, and Colorado.

Exhibitors moved their cattle into the 150-acre Oregon State Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon, and conducted weights and measures on Tuesday. Breeders were greeted each morning with the aroma of fresh donuts, orange juice, and Starbucks coffee—sponsored by DuVal Farms, PJ Ranch, and Sweet Sippin’ Acres. Wednesday’s show began at 3:00 pm, where first in class winners received 50-pound bags of grain along with a blue water bucket; division champions and reserves were awarded leather show halters fitted with engraved nameplates; specialty classes (Cow/Calf, Pairs, Best 4 Head, etc.) received award platters or trophies. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand females and bulls were presented with belt buckles sponsored by Dr. Brian Dietrich, DVM, owner of Abiqua Animal Clinic, Bob and Peggy Potter of PJ Ranch, and Jerry and Cynthia DuVal of DuVal Farms.

Directly following the Open Miniature Hereford Show, the third annual Jr. Showmanship competition occurred; this year fifteen contestants ranging from ages 2 to 17 vied for four division champion belt buckles (Peewee, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior). Each participant received a trophy and goodie bag filled with livestock shampoo, show cattle probiotics, and more. Winners of the belt buckles are: Peewee Division (Sponsored by James Allen Farms, Markum, OR) – Abby Eldridge, Redmond, OR; Junior Division (Sponsored by Potter’s Auto Specialties, Silverton, OR) – Emma Eldridge, Redmond, OR; Intermediate Division (Sponsored by Sweet Sippin’ Acres, Whitmore, CA) – Kylee Williams, Sequim, WA; Senior Division (Sponsored by Sweet Sippin’ Acres, Whitmore, CA) – Kelsey Potter, Silverton, OR.

As a special remembrance for John Johnson, owner of Straitside Ranch, Betty Johnson sponsored the creation of the “Oregon State Fair Overall Grand Champion Junior Showman” traveling plaque, which will be awarded annually to the overall champion Junior Showman. The first award recipient is Kelsey Potter, from Silverton, Oregon, who purchased her first Miniature Herefords in 2009 with her family, owners of Silver Peaks Farm.

To round out Show Day, exhibitors were invited to a special dinner at McGrath’s Fishhouse to celebrate a terrific show for all. The “End Of The Trail” Luncheon took place Thursday at “High noon,” prior to cattle move-out and was sponsored by DuVal Farms. This was a time for breeders to share stories, laugh at jokes, and say farewell. Additionally, raffle drawing results were announced during the luncheon for over a dozen donated baskets, proceeds of which contribute to the Junior Showmanship competition. Overall, the 2010 Oregon State Fair Miniature Hereford Show was a terrific, family-fun experience that continues to be “Best In The West.”

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