One 4-H competitor had been there before. The other had narrowly missed.
Needless to say, Lee Turner and Paige Klopfenstein were pleased with this year’s results.
Lee took home first place in the Junior Fair Dairy Steer Show, and Paige showed the champion market steer Wednesday during the Junior Fair Dairy and Market Steer shows at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Turner repeated, as he also had the grand champion in the dairy class last year.
While that may have been hard to improve on, Lee found a way to do it. The Waynesfield-Goshen High School junior also captured fifth place with another steer.
“That made a great thing even better,” Lee said of placing two cows. “I feel great right now. I feel like a lot of hard work paid off. You start in September or October and you are feeding them and watching their health.
“In May or June you start washing them and you start walking them,” he said. “This is the perfect way to end a lot of hard work.”
The son of Holly and Chris Turner also has a brother, Ben, who competes, and they live on a family farm in rural Waynesfield.
“It wasn’t just me that won,” Lee said. “I feel like we all won it. Everybody in the family helped.”
Lee said he felt more pressure this year, because he was trying to repeat.
Paige, 17, from rural Wapakoneta, said she felt kind of stunned by being announced the winner.
“I’m not really sure how I feel right now,” Paige said. “It all seems like so much. I can tell you one thing, it isn’t a bad feeling that’s for sure.”
Paige, while not facing the pressure of trying to repeat as grand champion, faced just as much tribulation.
Two years ago, she just missed as she captured reserve champion.
“That’s in the back of your mind being so close,” Paige said. “You definitely feel rewarded after all the time you put into it.”
The daughter of Jann and Tim Klopfenstein has been showing steers for five years. She also has a sister, Lauren, who is showing at the fair.