Hi from Region 8! As Summer turns to Fall here in the Pacific Northwest, our show season is winding down. Most of the shows occur at county fairs throughout Washington State and Oregon. The largest county fair, in terms of head count and exhibitors, was the Clark County Fair in Vancouver, WA (the Mini’s first time exhibiting there) from August 4th-9th. The beef superintendents, other livestock exhibitors, and the public were supportive of the Minis and encouraged our presence again in 2012; therefore, we will be striving to build this show. The Pacific Northwest Regional Show at the Oregon State Fair boasted the greatest number of exhibitors in the show’s history–GREAT JOB! I would like to congratulate the show coordinators for making the show well organized and enjoyable for everyone. I am excited to see the steer classes boom in the coming years.
I also wanted to recognize the new Region 8 MHBA members: Allen Family Farms, Molalla, OR; Cornerstone Acres, Wilsonville, OR; and Veach Family Farm, Mt. Angel, OR as well as the Silverton FFA Chapter, Silverton OR. I look forward to working closely with all of the members in my region to create more exhibiting opportunities. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and/or suggestions. Jerry DuVal, Silverton, OR, firstname.lastname@example.org.