She said she's been working with Black Jack since his birth one year and four months ago. He will be sold Friday at the market sale. Shirk said she will get a new steer in the fall to train for next year.
She said she will be sad when he is sold, and Bonnie Shirk, her mother, had tears in her eyes just at the thought.
The Senior Fitting and Showing Champion, Kevin Barkdoll, 17, of Boonsboro said he won't get emotional when it comes to selling Big Red on Friday.
"It will be hard though because I've worked with him every day," he said.
This was his second year showing a beef steer, but he has shown dairy steers before and he won the grand championship Monday for his market swine.
Barkdoll also won overall champion for the Beef Steer contest over Shirk and Intermediate Fitting and Showing Champion Ashley Hose.
Hose, 13, of Clear Spring, won her class with her steer Ashes Velvet. He is 1,180 pounds and she has been training him since December.
Other exhibitors included Jamie Beckley, who won second place in the Junior class, and Ryan Shank, Beth Bragunier and Stacy Beckley, who won second, third and fourth places, respectively, in the Intermediate class.
Other Senior class exhibitors were Melissa Frey, Amanda Welch, Jason Barkdoll, Terry Doyle, Richie Webb and Artie Cosner, who won second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places, respectively.
The Ag Expo schedule of events for today includes:
9 a.m. - Open Class Dairy Goat Show
Noon - Open Class Dairy Cattle Show
4 p.m. - Market Lamb Show
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Spinning & Weaving Demonstration
7 p.m. - Little Farmer and Little farmerette Activity; Tractor Pulling Contest