Pee wee shows help ignite passion for cattle

Kurt Pedersen of Pedersen Livestock stands with Kaylee Duncan. He won the Pee Wee Grand Champion title at Edmonton Farmfair last week.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Parents Justine and Tyler Bullick had their cellphones in hand, taking photos of their happy daughter, Scarlet, when she won Grand Champion Pee Wee Showman.

It was an exciting moment for the family, which operates Prairie Cove Charolais, but they said there’s more to the pee wee shows than just getting a fancy ribbon or banner.

“Tyler and I grew up doing this as kids, and it teaches you so much, like hard work and responsibility,” said Justine. “It teaches them the importance of hard work, and that you get what you put into things.”

But it wasn’t just the Bullicks who were excited.

All kids and their parents who showed during pee wee competition were happy with the day, whether they won or lost.

Parents said the event gets their kids excited about agriculture allowing them to build relationships and improve their showmanship.

“If they can get experience now, especially if it’s a good experience, then they will likely want to do it later on in life,” said Nicole Richards of Crooked Creek Angus, which has exhibited at Farmfair for 46 years.

“Making friends is a lifetime experience, and that is a big thing,” she said.

Richards’ sons, Liam and Michael, showed their cattle during the event. She said showing has helped with confidence, public speaking and showmanship.

“If they like it now, they are going to continue it on our farm, which is very important,” Richards said. “They are the fourth generation.”

Lexie Mathon of Dersta Farm also participated in the event.

Scarlet Fowler of Prairie Cove Charolais won Grand Champion Showman during the pee wee competition at Farmfair Nov. 6. | Jeremy Simes photo

She got reserve showmanship and second in class, but was still happy with the result, said her mom, Stacey.

“She told me, ‘Mom I got a ribbon and it’s so hard to get a ribbon at Farmfair, isn’t it?’” Stacey Mathon said. “She was super-excited about the ribbon.”

Stacey said showing at a young age helps little ones learn about animal husbandry and how to visit with people. It also gives them a better sense of agriculture.

As well, showing their animals among their peers is beneficial, she added.

“I think it’s a big booster when they see that others like them struggle with their animals a bit because everyone is still learning,” she said. “It’s a good thing Farmfair splits the pee wee and junior categories.”

As for Scarlet, who also won reserve pee wee champion for her heifer, she said winning felt good.

“I like that you get to spend time and build relationships with cows,” she said.

Having support from her family “is like eating cotton candy,” she added.

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