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Girl, 8, Shows Supreme Champion Bull at Alcorn County Fair

Jalen Holt, 8, of Mantachie, poses with her supreme champion bull at the Alcorn County Fair on Saturday. (Photo by Kindra Whitlock)

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

An 8-year-old Mantachie girl showed the supreme champion bull at the Alcorn County Fair on Saturday at the Crossroads Arena.

Jalen Holt’s bull is a gentle animal even though he weighs 1,690 pounds. In comparison, Holt is about 80 pounds.

Holt loves showing cattle and can’t wait to go to the barn every morning. This is the first year she has won supreme champion, and she said Deets, named after a character in “Lonesome Dove,” did a “great” job.

She is a student at Mantachie Elementary School and is the daughter of Matthew and Kristin Holt.

Supreme Champion Heifer

Dalton Cooper, 15, of Potts Camp, showed the supreme champion heifer at the Alcorn County Fair on Saturday. (Photo below).

He has been showing cattle since he was 9, and has won supreme champion a few other times, including at the Dixie Nationals, Holly Spirngs and New Albany.

Cooper said he gets up before school each day to feed his heifer, Princess, at about 6:30 a.m. Showing cattle teaches responsibility and allows him to meet many friends, he noted.

The Alcorn County Fair is “fun but hot,” said Cooper, adding that it is run well.

The two supreme champion winners received Andis rechargeable clippers donated by the Alcorn County Co-Op.

Quality Cattle

The show went “exceptionally well,” and the quality of the cattle was very high, said Alcorn County Agent Patrick Poindexter.

This year’s Alcorn County 4-H/FFA Beef Show originally had 190 registered entries, but about 165 actually showed. That made this year’s show among the largest in the fair’s history.

The show was judged by Corey Wilkins of Cullman, Ala.

Dalton Cooper of Potts, Camp, right, poses with his supreme champion heifer, Princess, at the Alcorn County Fair on Saturday. Also pictured is cattle show judge Corey Wilkins of Cullman, Ala. (Photo by Kindra Whitlock)

 

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