A cool, rainy morning did not dampen spirits for the 2nd annual Walnut River Showdown. Thirty four youth, from 10 counties, bringing 63 head of cattle descended on the Butler County Fairgrounds on May 2 to compete for prize money and buckles. The judge for the Showdown was Zach McCracken, Kansas City, KS, who did a fine job of ordering the cattle and providing educational comments to the competitors. The Showdown was sponsored by the Butler County Youth Livestock Booster Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to provide opportunities for Butler County youth to learn about livestock and sharpen their skills so they will be even more competitive in county, regional, state and national livestock shows.
There were classes for fat steers, breeding heifers and showmanship including a junior, senior and invitational class. The top five head in both the steer and heifer divisions received cash prizes: $400 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, $200 for 3rd, $100 for 4th and $100 for 5th. Belt buckles were awarded to the champion and reserve champion invitational showman. Each Butler County exhibitor received a $50 gift to be used at the Superior Show Supply trailer that was on site for the day.
Champion Reserve--Sarah Loomis
All competitors are to be congratulated as they presented a fine group of cattle in a very professional manner. It was a day of great fun and fabulous barbecue provided by the Flint Hills FFA.
The Butler County Youth Livestock Booster Foundation is a 501(3)c non profit organization and is very grateful to its donors for their support of the Walnut River Showdown. For further information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.