It was a touch of the Texas prairie at the Great Frederick Fair Saturday, with a show of Texas longhorn cattle helping to kick off the fair’s last full day.
Competitors from Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia competed in the junior division show to start off the morning.
Jade Wiggins, 15, of Lancaster, Pa., said longhorns are a more docile and unique breed than some others.
Wiggins said she’s been showing for three years, and comes to the Great Frederick Fair because that’s where she did her first show ever.
She used to raise Brown Swiss and Holsteins.
“But I think longhorns took over,” she said.
Larry Cohron, the judge for the junior heifer portion of the show, said that he likes to see a traditional longhorn type, with size and muscles that befit a breed of beef cattle.
He also looks for what he called structural correctness, with good feet and legs on an animal.
Cohron has been raising longhorns since 1992 at his farm in Virginia.
Despite their reputation for docility, longhorns have minds of their own, he said.
“They like their space. Don’t get in their face,” he said.
Kelsey Roderick, of Walkersville, said she likes the diversity of the longhorn breed, with a mix of colors, builds, and shapes of horns.
Longhorns are hardy animals who are resistant to a lot of diseases that other cattle aren’t, she said.
Roderick was showing Saturday in the senior heifer division, while her son Wyatt, 7, and daughter Whitley, 4, participated in the junior and pee-wee divisions.
Both of her kids started showing at the age of 2, Roderick said.
But now they’re starting to be more conscious of what goes into it, and Wyatt has started to know what to look for in a well-built animal.
Participating in raising and showing the animals teaches the kids responsibility, feeding them each morning and afternoon, bathing them, and helping to halter-break them, she said.
“It makes them step outside of just thinking about themselves,” Roderick said.