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Maple City Cattle Battle hosts exhibitors from four states

May 6, 2019

The Maple City Cattle Battle, formerly called the Jackpot Show, entered 37 heifers and 75 steers and market heifers for a two-day show last weekend at the Somerset County Fairgrounds in Meyersdale.

Greta Durst co-chairs the event with Annette Knotts. Both Knotts and Durst are board members of the Somerset County Beef Producers, the organization that holds the event annually along with many sponsors.

A heifer show was held on Saturday and the market animals, including a steer division and market heifer division, was held on Sunday. A Somerset County exhibitors class was held for both the heifers on Saturday and steers on Sunday.

In the steer show on Sunday, Emilyn Shearer, 10, of Connellsville, won Grand Champion Steer. Reserve Champion went to Katelynn Bennett, 16, of Slippery Rock, while Karli Berkheimer of Dillsburg came in third; Victoria Craig in fourth; and Tatum Poff in fifth.

Also on Sunday in the market heifer division, Riley Stockdale won first, followed by Molly Zuna in second; Jerad Covert, third; Madelyne Miller, fourth; and Erin Long in fifth.

For Somerset County exhibitors, Braden Durst, 11, of Berlin won both Champion Somerset County Heifer on Saturday and Champion County Exhibitor Overall Steer on Sunday. Durst is the son of Mike and Greta Durst of Berlin.

Allison Schmuck of Rockwood won Reserve County Exhibitor at the heifer show on Saturday. She is the daughter of Steve and Kim Schmuck.

Other county exhibitors for the steer show on Sunday were Kate Ferko, second; Allison Schmuck, third; Owen Thomas, fourth; and Matt Ferko, fifth.

Heifer show winners are Riley Stockdale, Dayton, first; Karli Berkheimer of Dillsburg, second; Braden Durst of Berlin, third; Cheyenne Curry of Oakland, Md., fourth; Ruby Perkins of Washington, fifth overall.

Show judge for the day was Tim Fitzgerald of Westgrove, who said prior to choosing the champions that “passion makes all the difference” when showing animals in competitions.

“Passion and drive is what it is all about,” said Fitzgerald. “These exhibitors are an excellent group of kids and their families are with them all the way.”