We finished up the fair a couple weeks ago
Every year, we tell Jessie don't get your hopes up. Be thankful for what you get. And she blows that philosophy clear out of the water.
She won her class with Tank. Then had to go back in for Division II Champion and Reserve.
Which she also won.
Then she had to go back in for Grand and Reserve overall.
After that, she had to go back in for Showmanship, where she placed 3rd out of 23 kids.
She was not too thrilled with 3rd but.....she will take it.
Then a couple days later she had to her pig in showmanship. She won her class and ended up in the top 5 of the 13 and under kids. Which is pretty funny cause we weren't going to let her show showmanship - "King Tut" hurt his leg (got it caught in his pen gate) and was limping a little bit.
The next day was the Market Hog class. She won her class.....
And was Division IV Champion.
So she got to go back into the final drive. I don't think I've ever been so nervous in my life. This judge was good, dragging it out and making the kids comfortable. She didn't get grand or reserve, but she is still one happy little girl!
She missed showing her heifers and her feeder calf, but ended up Reserve Champion Shorthorn heifer, 4th in her class with her Crossbred heifer and 4th in her class with her feeder calf.
It was a great fair - she had lots of fun hanging out with her friends.
Sale day was rough - it is every year. You can always tell the kids who work with their animals and get attached - they are the ones (like Jessie) sobbing hysterically before, during and after selling their animals.
But....she is already hard at work for next year!