By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS staff
So what was your favorite part of last week’s Quay County Fair?
The frequent live bluegrass music?
The curly fries?
For Megan Thompson, it may have been the four belt buckles she received for her fine array of livestock, namely a heifer named Muffin.
Not only did Thompson, 13, win best County Bred Heifer and Grand Champion Reserve for her heifer, she nabbed the Junior Showmanship award for her presentation with Muffin in the ring. Her fourth buckle came for her swine, a duroc dubbed Red. Her other pig, Whitey, nabbed a fourth place.
“The first two buckles reflect how hard the child has worked with the animal and the animal’s genetics,” said Elizabeth Thompson, Megan Thompson’s mother. “The showmanship is all about the presentation in the ring.
“I was pretty proud of her; she worked really hard this year,” Elizabeth Thompson said. “She did most of it herself,” she said, adding Muffin shares a special closeness with her child.
“A teacher walked by and saw Megan laying down in the barn with her heifer,” Elizabeth said, “and the teacher asked ‘Does she just live in the barn with her?’”
Bright ribbons, swirly rides and fried food aside, some, like Tucumcari’s Larry Klaverweiden, said the best part of the fair was its family and community aspect.
“The best part was getting to be with Taylor out there,” said Klaverweiden speaking of his granddaughter, Taylor Atwood, who also brought home heifer awards. “It was seeing all the good kids in Tucumcari,” he added; “to me that was awesome.”
Elizabeth Thompson summed it up: “If it’s really true it takes a village to raise a child, then having a child in 4-H and FFA (is a great way to raise them). The fair is one big community event. Everyone is so wonderful and supportive.”