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Barker, Klaiber take steer showmanship honors

Alec Barker, left, walked away with senior steer showmanship honors and Madison Klaiber, right, took home the junior showmanship honors Wednesday at the Lawrence County Junior Fair.

ROME TOWNSHIP — Cows can be gentle animals with big brown eyes and a tail that swats the occasional fly. They can also be stubborn, lazy and prone to lay down in a show ring while others cows file past in a circle. The test of a showman is how well that young man or woman handles an animal that can weigh 10 times what they do.

Wednesday, Alec Barker took home the senior showmanship award in the steer showmanship at the Lawrence County Junior Fair. Madison Klaiber won the junior division award.

What is Barker’s secret for making a big bovine do what you want it to do?

“Work with them a lot,” Barker said. This was Barker’s first win in eight years of competing. Judge Dan Wells praised Barker’s ability to calm “a difficult animal” and in the end, bring the steer back into good behavior.

In the junior showmanship category, it was a better than average bet someone named Klaiber would walk away with the honor. Madison Klaiber and her sister, Morgan Klaiber were among those who sought the junior division award.

The fair continues today in Rome Township.