Friday, June 4, 2010

Greatest Little Show

Crystal winning Senior Showmanship at the Drayton Valley Show
Drayton Valley is a community about 1/2 from our farm. They have held a Livestock Show there for nearly 20 years. It has several components to it, a junior show, an open breeding cattle show, a steer show and a pen heifer show. Now you may think that a little one day show out in the middle of no where (according to some people) is not worth writing or reading about. But Drayton Valley's show is pretty special. This year's show will be held on Saturday June 12. It is one of the most competitive summer shows in Alberta and maybe Western Canada. In years past we have had strong competition. For example in the steer show one year all of the finalists were class winners at the Calgary Stampede steer show a few weeks later.
Champion Steer exhibited by Dusty & Sara Howell
Another year we had the Champion, Angus, Simmental, Hereford, Limousin and Pinzagaur cows at the Calgary Stampede in one class.   The Supreme Champion Female at Agribition was exhibited at the Drayton Valley Show in 2009.

Grand Champion Female - Miller Wilson Angus
At our show this year we will award over $10,000 and possibly up to $15,000 in cash, prizes, exhibitor draws and give-a-ways to the exhibitors. It looks like we may have exhibitors from one end of the province - Grande Prairie to the other - Brooks. This year we also have a film crew coming from LA - that’s Los Angeles not Lacombe, Alberta. They are doing some filming with the crew from "Farm On" who are doing a piece for "The Farm Virgin" which may become a possible TV Series. So you see there are great things happening in small communities across Canada and the US. We want to tell our story of the relationship that we have with our animals and the land. We want to share that with you. If you’re in the area stop on by the stall at the Omniplex and say hello.

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