Cat­tle team gets cre­ative for Hal­loween fun

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Lorene Parker loren­emp@gmail.com

The Polk County Show Team cel­e­brated Hal­loween with a spe­cial cat­tle show and are now back to pre­par­ing for their up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

More than thirty mem­bers in grades five through twelve from both Rock­mart and Cedar­town schools make up the team, ei­ther from the Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica or 4-H.

Last week’s hol­i­day-themed event was hosted on Oct. 30 at Laura and Glen Robin­son’s farm where the calves are lo­cated and the mem­bers prac­tice at least three times per week. This com­pe­ti­tion was less se­ri­ous than reg­u­lar events. Stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete by dress­ing them­selves and their cows in Hal­loween cos­tumes, in ad­di­tion to striv­ing to win the Show­man­ship award, a com­mon award in which they would com­pete for dur­ing a reg­u­lar show.

The first place win­ner for the Best Cow in Cos­tume award was Wy­att Tant, and sec­ond place was earned by Anslee Wil­liams. First place for the Best Cos­tume Duo was Gabe Tant, and the sec­ond place win­ner was Emma Bar­ber.

The Show­man­ship awards were earned by Lillyan Robin­son (first), Tren­ton Garner (sec­ond), and An­drea Guz­man (third). The Sports­man­ship Award was given to Alec White.

Prizes in­cluded candy and gifts rather than money, which they would re­ceive at a tra­di­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The team has trav­eled to seven shows so far this sea­son and still have three left be­fore the end of the school year.

Their next show event, the Blue Ridge Cat­tle Clas­sic, is on Nov. 10 at the Union County Agris­cience Cen­ter in Blairsville.

/ Con­trib­uted by Gwen Tuck

One par­tic­i­pant pro­vided a tutu for a cos­tume.

Con­trib­uted by Gwen Tuck

Cat­tle and farmer traded places for Hal­loween 2018.

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