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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