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Local youth makes impressive showing at Jr. Nationals

Wil Emory, 8 years old, is the son of Lucky and Becky Emory who operate Poplar Ridge Farm off Lambs Creek Church Road in King George. Wil Emory recently made the trek to Harrisburg to show two head of cattle in the Hereford Jr. National Show.

The Emory family specializes in raising polled Herefords, as well as goats, and growing hay on their farm. Wil was showing two of their cattle at the national show, which was held in an incredibly large air-conditioned building. Lucky Emory explained, “The show takes place over a week under 35 acres of roofed area. There were between 1,100-1,300 head of cattle under just a portion of that facility when Wil showed.”

Wil’s two cattle are named Parker and Rosemarie. At around 3’ 6” and weighing a mere 50 pounds, Wil is dwarfed by an animal that weighs 1,100 pounds and stands taller than he is. Yet, Wil was able to successfully show both animals and even placed 10th for the entire nation! Thirty-six states were represented at the show, with some driving from as far away as California to take part. Youth ages 7 to college-age were able to take part. The show was broken down by the type of cattle and the age group. Youth were judged on showmanship and market for their effort and animal.

Wil was pleased to take part, and his eyes lit up as he explained what he had to do to place his animal while there.
“My arms hurt on the last day because I had to control Parker and Rosemarie for so long. I also had to hold my arms up high to hold the lead and set them up,” he shared.

Wil went on to tell me that he enjoyed the show and that Parker was easier to handle than Rosemarie because Parker listened better. As you might expect, Wil, like any other kid, likes candy, and when he won a fancy coffee mug of candy for his efforts, he was excited.

Another highlight of the show for Wil was his purchase of a fancy belt buckle that he wore while showing his animal the last few days. Of course, it has Herefords on it just like the ones he and his family raise on their farm.

This week (July 28-August 3) the Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair is ongoing. While the youth show will be completed by the time this paper is published, the Open Show will take place August 2 at 10 AM, and the Goat Show will take place that same day at 5 PM. If you have not made plans to go to the Fair, please do so, and don’t just ride the rides; go see the animals and livestock that are the core reason we have the Fair.

Congratulations to Wil Emory on his fantastic showing at the Jr. National Show! Good job, Wil!

 

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