For Austin King, it was worth the wait.
The longtime showman at long last claimed a grand championship in T-bone steer show competition Tuesday at the Logan County Jair Fair beef show.
Austin has exhibited livestock for a handful of years and has shown champion heifers in the past, and gotten into the final drive at the steer show, but it wasn’t until this year that he was finally able to get over the top.
His 1,430-pound steer Bentley finished atop class 6 just before the final drive, and he was able to keep the steer’s head up and moving long enough to earn a grand championship.
King, 19, attends Nightingale Montessori school in Springfield.
“I’m glad (the grand championship) finally happened for me,” he said. “I’d gotten close before, and it’s nice to win it.”
Read the full story in Wednesday's Examiner.