Parting words for the Grand Champion |

Parting words for the Grand Champion

Samantha PalGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Samantha Pal

RIFLE, Colo. It’s time to say goodbye to Curious George.George is a hefty, black steer – Grand Champion Beef at the Garfield County Fair.JoAnna Caldwell got him last November, and now it’s time to give him up.

After showing him off for the crowd at the livestock sale Saturday, 9-year-old JoAnna walks closely behind her mom, Brystal Hazelbusch. She hides her face in mom’s jeans.”It doesn’t feel too good to sell him,” JoAnna says.George was purchased by LV Bar Quarter Horses, at a whopping $8,664.50. Now JoAnna’s eyes are wet and red, cheeks a little streaked with tears.

As she prepared George for the sale, using a blower to clean him, she gave him a few comforting pats. When she got to his front end, she wrapped her small arms around his neck, giving him one long hug.Although it’s “cool” to get all that money at age 9, JoAnna is sad to see George go.She plans on buying another steer with the money, so that she can come back next year and many years in the future.Mom says that participating in 4-H is a good time for the whole family.

“It helps her with responsibility, and it’s a good summer job,” Hazelbusch says.JoAnna thinks that the best thing about it was spending time with George.Contact Samantha Pal: 384-9105,

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