The cattle show has more than doubled in size in seven years
By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The cattle barn at the Alcorn County Fair started to fill up Friday afternoon as contestants prepped their animals for the Saturday show.
With 190 head of cattle entered, this will be the largest beef show Alcorn County Agent Patrick Poindexter has seen since he began 18 years ago.
The youth scrubbed their animals with soap and rinsed them with hoses to get their cattle looking good for the show, which is expected to run from 9 a.m. to around 5 p.m. Saturday.
The show has more than doubled in size since 2011 when there were 80 entries. There were 175 last year.
Poindexter believes the show has grown in popularity because it runs smoothly thanks to the help of many volunteers. The contestants are also treated well, and fed lunch, he noted.
Votec students and 4-H parents are among the many people who volunteer, and the Crossroads Arena staff also does a great job, Poindexter noted.
Many businesses and individuals sponsor the show, said Poindexter, adding that the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors is a huge supporter.
The Alcorn County 4-H/FFA Beef Show boasts contestants from 25-30 counties in Mississippi and Tennessee and $4,300 in cash awards.
The contestants with the supreme champion bull and heifer will each receive a pair of Andis rechargeable clippers donated by the Alcorn County Co-Op.
The show will begin with pee-wee showmanship, and all of those contestants will win a trophy.
Belt buckles will be awarded to the showmanship winners in the other age divisions.
The registered (purebred) and commercial cattle shows will follow the showmanship competition.
Categories in the registered show, also known as the breeding show, are All Other Breeds Non-Brahman, All Other Breeds Brahman, Hereford and Angus.
The categories in the commercial show are English and English Cross; European and European Cross; and Brahman and Brahman Cross.
The show will be judged by Corey Wilkins of Cullman, Ala.