Monroe County’s annual celebration of youth agriculture last week, the Monroe County Fair, was hot, humid and successful.

Monroe County’s annual celebration of youth agriculture last week, the Monroe County Fair, was hot, humid and successful.

Nothing illustrated that better than the annual Cattle Show, which the best attended event at fair.

As the sun was beating down and the sweltering heat became overwhelming, 4-H and FFA members from across several counties displayed their cattle last Wednesday on the baseball field at the fair.

The evening started with two classes of Pee Wee exhibitors, this class is designed to introduce younger generations into the showing world. Although picking a winner is impossible, every member took away a piece of vital information to help them when they reach their fullest potential as a 4-H and/or FFA member.

As the night went on it was battle for the top spot between the Long sisters, showing their Senior Heifer Shorthorn calves Carlee and Marlena Long had to battle it out, in a close race behind her Marlena Long received Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer and left the title of Champion Shorthorn Heifer to her little sister, Carlee Long. Bret Crigler, received Champion Cross-bred Heifer.

Joe O’Bannon of the Madison FFA Chapter received first place with his Market Heifer, while Austin Thomas received first place with his Market Steer. As the night progressed on the Steve Hilliard Memorial award for the exhibitor with the best-groomed animal Austin Thomas of Madison. To round out the evening there were four classes of showmanship, the showmanship class is designed for exhibitors to exhibit knowledge and understanding of their animals. The winners: Junior Showman Aiden Oswald, Intermediate Showman Olivia Cooley, Senior Showman Jacob Primm and Old-timers Showman Tim Larrick.