Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
Kyle Ackley overcame some early criticism from the judge Tuesday and found himself earning another championship title at the Logan County Fair.
This time he took the grand champion label at the Born and Raised steer show in just his first year showing steers.
“I felt I had a pretty good steer with Bubba,” said the 17-year-old Benjamin Logan student. “I thought I could do well, but not this well. I’m pretty excited to get grand champion.”
Kyle is not new to the winner’s circle. He has been showing at the Logan County Fair since he was nine years old and has since earned grand and reserve champion gilt titles as well as grand and reserve champion titles in the dairy beef feeder competition.
“It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of time,” said Kyle. “I’m just going to keep trying to do my best with the years I have left at the fair and have fun with it.”
Kyle was not a clear favorite before winning his class Tuesday, though. Judge Pat Barker was critical and commented on how Bubba favored his front left leg, which caused it to bow outward when he walked.
“I didn’t get too worried (after he commented on that),” said Kyle. “(The judge) asked me about it and so I was honest and told him. I think it was just the way I had been working with Bubba that caused him to lean like he was.”
Tyler Myers, 18, of Rushsylvania claimed the reserve grand champion title.
It was a bittersweet moment for Myers. After 14 years as a member of 4-H it was Myers’ last year of showing at the Logan County Fair.
“You always want to do well, especially with this being my last year,” said Myers. “You work extremely hard. One time I was up on Sunday at 4 a.m. and didn’t go to bed until that night at 1 a.m. on Monday morning. It’s a lot of work and dedication.”
The 2013 Benjamin Logan graduate had the overall champion steer in the junior show at last year’s fair and was third overall in the Born and Raised show last summer in his first year showing steers.
Bandit’s partner, another steer named Smokey, placed sixth for Myers in Tuesday’s show.
“At first Bandit was impossible to catch so his name definitely fits,” Myers said with a laugh. “It was definitely Smokey and the Bandit after that.”
With another high finish under his belt buckle, Myers exited his final appearance at the Logan County Fair holding back mixed emotions.
“It’s very different showing this year,” said Myers. “It’s a sad feeling, but also a joyous feeling, too. I’m happy I was able to make it this far and sad at the same time to know I’m done.”
Both the grand champion and reserve grand Champion steers were purchased from Boysel Genetics, which won three of five classes at Tuesday’s show.
Born and Raised results
Grand champion: Kyle Ackley; reserve grand champion: Tyler Myers; 3. Haley Boberg; 4. Dalton Faler; 5. David Watson; 6. Tyler Myers; 7. Saul Boysel; 8. Kyle Knight.
Class 1 —1. Saul Boysel; 2. Troy Selhorst; 3. Haley Boberg; 4. Kristopher Ackley.
Class 2 —1. Tyler Myers; 2. Troy Selhorst; 3. Allison Knight; 4. Zach Collins; 5. Luke Watson.
Class 3 —1. Dalton Faler; 2. Tyler Myers; 3. Kyle Kuhn; 4. Matthew Smith; 5. Kameron Schlumbohm; 6. Lucas Yoesting.
Class 4 —1. Kyle Ackley; 2. David Watson; 3. Cameron Young; 4. Preston Miller; 5. Zach Collins; 6. Blake Wenger; 7. Tarrah Berg.
Class 5 —1. Haley Boberg; 2. Kyle Knight; 3. Justin Young; 4. Tarrah Berg.