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FFA and 4-H club members prepare steer for fair.
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Published on August 14, 2018 5:40PM

Eleven-year-old Clyde Holliday of John Day practices with his steer Thursday at the Heritage Barn. Holliday is part of the Strawberry Riders Etc. 4-H Club with Didgette McCracken as steer adviser.

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Eleven-year-old Clyde Holliday of John Day practices with his steer Thursday at the Heritage Barn. Holliday is part of the Strawberry Riders Etc. 4-H Club with Didgette McCracken as steer adviser.

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Prairie City 4-H Community Club member Jaycee Winegar coaxes her steer along Thursday at the Heritage Barn in John Day. Amanda Rockhill and Kim Jacobs are advisers for the 4-H club.

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Prairie City 4-H Community Club member Jaycee Winegar coaxes her steer along Thursday at the Heritage Barn in John Day. Amanda Rockhill and Kim Jacobs are advisers for the 4-H club.

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Friends JW Haskins, 11, left, and Gus McDaniel, 10, of John Day look on as FFA and 4-H youths prepare their steer for fair at the Heritage Barn.

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Friends JW Haskins, 11, left, and Gus McDaniel, 10, of John Day look on as FFA and 4-H youths prepare their steer for fair at the Heritage Barn.

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Prairie City FFA member Rilee Emmel, 16, works with her steer Thursday at the Heritage Barn in John Day, preparing for the Aug. 15-18 Grant County Fair.

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Prairie City FFA member Rilee Emmel, 16, works with her steer Thursday at the Heritage Barn in John Day, preparing for the Aug. 15-18 Grant County Fair.

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Ty McDaniel of John Day works with his steer Thursday at the Grant County Fairgrounds. McDaniel is a part of the Juniper Ridge 4-H Club and Kelli McDaniel is adviser.

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Ty McDaniel of John Day works with his steer Thursday at the Grant County Fairgrounds. McDaniel is a part of the Juniper Ridge 4-H Club and Kelli McDaniel is adviser.

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Eleven-year-old Clyde Holliday of John Day practices with his steer Thursday at the Heritage Barn. Holliday is part of the Strawberry Riders Etc. 4-H Club.

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Eleven-year-old Clyde Holliday of John Day practices with his steer Thursday at the Heritage Barn. Holliday is part of the Strawberry Riders Etc. 4-H Club.

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Siblings Clyde, 11, and Silvie Holliday, 9, of John Day, members of the Strawberry Riders Etc. 4-H Club, practice walking their steer around the Heritage Barn Thursday as they get ready for the Grant County Fair.

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Siblings Clyde, 11, and Silvie Holliday, 9, of John Day, members of the Strawberry Riders Etc. 4-H Club, practice walking their steer around the Heritage Barn Thursday as they get ready for the Grant County Fair.

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Jaycee Winegar, a member of the Prairie City 4-H Community Club led by advisers Amanda Rockhill and Kim Jacobs, walks her steer around the Heritage Barn.

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Jaycee Winegar, a member of the Prairie City 4-H Community Club led by advisers Amanda Rockhill and Kim Jacobs, walks her steer around the Heritage Barn.

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Abby Winegar of the Prairie City FFA Steer Club holds her steer still during the Thursday evening practice.

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Abby Winegar of the Prairie City FFA Steer Club holds her steer still during the Thursday evening practice.

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Seven Prairie City FFA Beef Club members walked their animals around the Heritage Barn arena Thursday in preparation for the Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 15-18, Grant County Fair in John Day.

Working with their animals were Rilee Emmel, Brianna Zweygardt, Declan Zweygardt, Abby Winegar, Carson McKay, Lucas McKinley and Jayden Winegar.

Members of 4-H, including Strawberry Riders Etc. and Juniper Ridge clubs, were also in the arena Thursday with Prairie City FFA adviser Lindy Cruise helping the youths, and parents watching.

Rilee Emmel, 16, who will soon be a junior at Prairie City School, said this is the seventh steer she’s shown since fourth grade.

The black Angus is 18 months old, and she acquired him last winter.

“In December, I spend a lot of time with them — get in there with them and get to know them,” she said. “I put their halter on and get them used to people and other steers.”

When asked what she enjoys most about raising steers, she said, “It’s a great experience and a good thing to be involved in all around. It gets you ready for life. It’s a huge responsibility.”

















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