Last year Olivia Jacquin showed the reserve champion steer at the Washington Town & Country Fair and promptly set her sights on winning the grand champion in 2018.
On Thursday night, her hard work and determination paid off when her 1,320-pound steer, Oscar, took top honors in the market steer show.
The 14-year-old exhibitor, of Marthasville, is a member of the Go Hog Wild 4-H. She is the daughter of Mark and Vicki Jacquin.
Steer show judge Phillip Martin selected Oscar out of a field of 47 steers split into eight weight classes. Jacquin’s steer was in Class 7.
“It is a really high-quality, well-fed and well-finished calf,” said Martin. “It’s something the folks of Franklin County can be proud of.”
“It feels good,” said Jacquin of winning. “This is very cool and I am really excited.”
Jacquin worked with Oscar about two hours per day, used a special diet, and walked and washed him daily.
She offered this piece of advice to younger exhibitors, “Don’t let it push you around — let him know who is the boss.”
The reserve champion was shown by Adam Gerlemann. The steer was in Class 6 and weighed 1,290 pounds.
Gerlemann, 16, of Beaufort, is a member of Jeffriesburg 4-H. The Union High School student is the son of Gary and Karen Gerlemann.
The steer, Roscoe, also was the grand champion of the bred and owned category of the show.
“This is pretty cool for only my second year showing,” Gerlemann said.
“It was a relief,” he said when he learned the animal was named reserve champion. “I was excited and nervous, and now relieved.”
Roscoe also was the grand champion steer at the Franklin County Fair held in June in Union and took third in the New Haven Fair.
The Gerlemann family owns a small registered herd of cattle and the teen was given an option to raise Roscoe as a bull or steer.
In general, Martin noted the exhibitors lived up to the high expectations of the Fair steer show.
“The show lived up to the billing,” he commented. “The steer show at this Fair has been a spectacle talked about for years in the circles I navigate in.”
Martin stated that the beef industry of show cattle has shifted to “heavier, hard-muscled” cattle.
“But this Fair didn’t change,” he said. “The folks in this county know how to feed and how to finish.”
Martin, of Meadville, added the Washington Fair is among the top tier of fairs within the state.
The first-place winners in each class for the steer show are as follows:
Class 1, Nicolas Holdmeyer; Class 2, Amy Gerlemann; Class 3, Inaya Chishti; Class 4, Travis Helling; Class 5, Blane Reed; Class 6, Adam Gerlemann; Class 7, Olivia Jacquin; and Class 8, Julia Gerling.
Bred and Owned
Cady Koch, Villa Ridge, a member of the Krakow 4-H, showed the reserve grand champion and Gerlemann showed the champion in the bred and owned category.
Koch’s steer weighed 1,330 pounds. She is the daughter of Mike and Stephanie Koch.
The first-place winners in each class of the bred and owned category are as follows:
Class 1, Nicholas Holdmeyer; Class 2, Amy Gerlemann; Class 3, Luke Haberberger; Class 4, Travis Helling; Class 5, Blane Reed; Class 6, Adam Gerlemann; Class 7, Cady Koch; and Class 8, Darcy Koch.
In showmanship, the junior division winner was Darcy Koch. Adam Homeyer picked up the intermediate division honors and Joe Jasper earned the senior division title.
All 47 steers in the show received blue ribbons and will be up for grabs at Saturday’s Fair livestock auction. The grand champion and reserve are the first steers sold at the auction.
All the winners received belt buckles sponsored by hth companies.