By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
An Angus heifer called Bella and a Hereford bull named Southern Style took Supreme champion honors at the Alcorn County Fair Cattle Show on Saturday.
There were about 195 head of cattle in this year’s show, and it was the largest to date for the Alcorn County Fair. Fortunately, there was enough room in the barn for all the contestants.
“I thought the show went exceptionally well,” said Alcorn County Agent Patrick Poindexter.
Both of the supreme champion winners were from Tennessee and just started showing cattle this year. They said they really enjoyed coming to the Alcorn County Fair.
“I plan to be back for many years,” said Grant Funderburk, who showed the supreme champion heifer. “I liked how competitive it was and at the same time how nice people were and willing to help.”
Funderburk, 15, said his heifer, Bella, is “really sweet” and “always willing to help and work.”
He bought Bella when she was six months old and said he tries to give her a bath daily. He likes the people he meets at the cattle shows and says he makes lots of friends.
Drew Roach of Lexington, Tenn., showed the supreme champion bull, and said the large animal is “nice sometimes and gets rambunctious like this every now and then.”
Roach, 16, said “hard work and dedication” helped his bull win the competitive contest.
He thinks he will return to the Alcorn County Fair and said, “Everybody’s really nice.”
Cattle producer Kenny Crawford of Camp, Ark. judged the show and said there were “good quality cattle” at the Alcorn County Fair.
Crawford, who shows cattle all over the United States, said he was “very impressed” with the competition and said the youth did an “excellent” job of showmanship.
Moreover, Crawford said the Corinth community was very friendly.
“They just welcomed me with open arms, and everybody is so nice,” Crawford said. “It’s a great place to come.”
The supreme champion winners received directors chairs sponsored by the Alcorn County Co-op.