Teenage girls take first and second in State Fair Steer Championship

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 00:02:24-04

For the last four years, first and second place in the State Fair Steer Championships has gone to the same two teenaged girls.

When it comes to brushing, blow drying and basic beautifying it's the big boys that get all the attention from the girls. And for a very good reason. 

"This is my grand champion market steer," said Lauren May about her black steer Drake.

May earned grand champion this year, last year it was Tori Crisp's steer. The two girls have been finishing one and two the last four years.  May earned the grand champion spot for three of them. Their secret to success is pretty simple.

"Work on them," Crisp said.

Their parents said the girls do that and more.

"Basically giving up your summers. It's morning, noon and night," said Jodie May, Lauren's mother.

The girls said it's basically their sport and when it comes to State Fair Championship there is nothing higher.

"It's kind of like the Olympics, this is what you want when you are working all summer long on your animals," Jodie said.

Winning does not just mean a ribbon. It means the chance to sell their steer in the Governor's Blue Ribbon Auction, where Gov. Scott Walker helps sell it. Lauren said she had a feeling Drake could win it all.

"Just his attitude and his personality, but the whole summer I hoped the judge thought he was just as special," Lauren said.

Wednesday night Drake went for $50,000, bought by the grocery store Meijer. But there is one thing none of the 4-Hers look forward to, saying goodbye to their animals.

"It's still pretty hard. You could sell him for all the money in the world and he's still hard to get rid of," Lauren said.

The girls said the money they earn at the auction goes to their college fund. Lauren and Crisp still have a few years left in 4-H, so they both plan to battle for first again next year.