4-H’er ends career with ribbon in market steer
It was a pretty good way to go out for Cody Theis.
The Happy Hollow 4-H Club member and Pleasant Ridge High School graduate was competing in his final fair as a 4-H’er.
At previous fairs, he earned reserve or breed champion ribbons in beef competitions, but never such an honor in market steer.
That changed Thursday.
His crossbreed Johnny Bear was named market steer reserve champion.
“I’ve always been really competitive in the breeding part of the show but never had an opportunity to succeed as much as I did this year in market, so it was really exciting for me,” he said.
Theis, who starts as a freshman at Kansas State University later this month majoring in animal science with an eye on animal pharmacy, said preparing an animal for the fair is a yearlong process.
“It’s been an everyday care job,” Theis said. “Feed them every day. Wash them every day. It’s so much time and dedication. It’s ridiculous.”
Seth Beyling, another member of Happy Hollow, won grand champion.