For a comparatively small club the Blindman Valley 4-H Beef Club (Bentley) does very well.
This year their achievement day show and sale, part of the Lacombe and district area show, once again took place at the Central Alberta Agricultural Society grounds in Lacombe.
Their 15 members had 12 show steers, six heifers, and three carcass projects. Continued good support from bidders and buyers saw the 66 calves sold at the show average $2.35 per pound. At the female show the Club Champion Heifer belonged to Kevin Wilson, and Reserve Club Champion Heifer to Hayley Bickford. Blake Vert took first for Junior Club Heifer Showmanship and J’lyn Bickford rook second. In Intermediate Club Heifer Showmanship, Breanne Bickford was the only intermediate to show a heifer. The Senior Club Heifer Showmanship winner was won Kevin Wilson with Falon Vert second.
At the Steer Show and Sale Blake Vert had the Club Champion, Falon Vert had Reserve Club Champion, and Kevin Wilson’s steer won Club Best Rate of Gain. Quinn Millar won Jr. Club Steer Showmanship with Gracie Whitfield second. Int. Club Steer Showmanship was won by Harley Whitfield with Thomas Mueller second. Sr. Club Steer Showmanship winner was Falon Vert with Kevin Wilson second. Members had fun decorating their space in the barn around the theme “Redneck.”
Club member Harley Whitfield was on the Reserve Champion Team Grooming Team at an interclub Team Grooming Day on April 29 at the Lacombe Grounds held between the four clubs East Lacombe, Central, Nebraska and Blindman Valley.
In the Live Judging Competition the Blindman Club members placed second overall. Club winners: seniors first, Kevin Wilson and second Char-Lee Ruud; intermediate first was Thomas Mueller and second Billie Ruud; and in juniors, first went to Quinn Millar with second to Gracie Whitfield.
The club wrapped up their year with an awards night. Senior record book winner was Peter Mueller, Intermediate record book winner was Thomas Mueller, and the junior book winner was Gracie Whitfield.
Members and their families and helpers are now getting organized to serve a pancake breakfast for the Bentley Fair and Rodeo the morning of Aug. 9 and look forward to feeding a hungry crowd.