Where's the beef? Ag Expo

August 06, 1997


Staff Writer

Beef steers were combed, sprayed, painted and washed Tuesday in preparation for the Beef Steer Showing and Fitting Contest at the Ag Expo.

Thirteen exhibitors competed in three different age classes for championship status. Fitting beef steers is like grooming other animals.

Jason Hose, Superintendent of the Beef Club, said the exhibitors are judged on how they use their equipment while fitting, how they answer questions from the judge, how they handle their animals, the cleanliness of the animal and their eye contact with the judge.

In Junior Fitting and Showing, Lindsay Shirk, 9, of Clear Spring won champion for her 1,238 pound steer named Black Jack. This was her first year showing, and she said she got more and more nervous as the event came closer.


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.

 Today's events

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

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