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Catch-A-Calf contest added to fair events PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:52

By Russ Pankonin

The Imperial Republican

Junior high and high school youths will get the chance to raise a calf and show it in next year’s fair beef show. All they have to do is  catch one of five calves in this year’s Catch-A-Calf event Tuesday night.

This marks the first year the event has been held at the fair with thanks going to Emma Ferguson, 14, of Imperial.

Ferguson wants other youths to share in the experience she gained when she was a catch-a-calf winner at the National Western Stock Show in 2013.

She raised the calf and showed it in this year’s National Western Stock Show. With a runner-up finish in both the market class and showmanship, coupled with her recordkeeping and interviewing skills, she won grand champion honors.

The event is open to youths entering junior high school through high school.

Ferguson is providing the five bucket calves, weighing up to 200 lbs., from her own herd for the youths to catch.

Local producers will then provide each of the five winners with a calf to raise for next year’s fair.

There is no entry fee but Ferguson said winners must have a place to raise the calf and agree to pay for  feed and vet bills. They must also agree to buy a mortality insurance policy that runs about $175.

Ferguson said entrants must fill out an application to participate. That application must also be signed by a parent.

Entrants can pre-register with applications available at the Chase County extension office or from Ferguson. She can be reached at 882-7736 or 883-1686.

Entrants can register the day of the event but Ferguson reminded them the application must be signed by a parent in order to participate.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:56