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Curious about the cattle show

From left, Kathy Henkelman, Don Henkelman and Glenn Knopp, talk on a sidewalk on Aug. 8 at the Stevens County fairgrounds. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times1 / 3
Lily Anderson of Farwell washes her calf before the Aug. 8 open class beef show at the Stevens County Fair. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 3
Jazlynn Hilbrands gets her calf ready for the open class beef show Aug. 8 at the Stevens County Fair. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times3 / 3

Beef is what's up for summer for these area folks.

Kathy and Don Henkelman of Correll and Glenn Knopp of Morris stood on a fairgrounds sidewalk in the early afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 8, as they talked before the 2 p.m. start of the open class beef show at the Stevens County Fair.

"We make all the cattle shows," Knopp said.

"We come here every year," Kathy Henkelman said.

The Henkelmans planned to attend the beef show at the Swift County Fair in Appleton next week. Knopp was just at a beef show in Madison.

"They had a nice day there," Knopp said of the Madison show. "I've been there when it's been super hot."

"Yep, that can be a warm show," Don Henkelman said.

There was no discussion about the weather for Aug. 8 but they did discuss the show.

"We're here to watch our neighbor kids (show cattle)," Kathy Henkelman said.

Glenn Knopp was there to watch his grandson Justus Moser show cattle.

They had a couple other reasons.

"I want to see if the judges know what they are doing," Don Henkelman said with a laugh.

"I want to see how many good steaks there are," Knopp said with a laugh.

The trio would know about beef judging and quality steaks. They all raised cattle for many years.

Don Henkelman showed beef cattle when he was in 4-H. His years of showing livestock included several champion animals including some champion sheep, he said.

"Those were Southtown sheep. They were good sheep. Just little things and if they go to be a 100 pounds they were big," Don Henkelman said.

There are no beef or even sheep at the farm.

"All we do now with beef is eat it," Don Henkelman said.

"And complain," Kathy Henkelman teased them. They complain that the price of a steak is too high.

But that wasn't a complaint when they raised beef. "It's never too high when you are raising beef," Knopp said.

he Stevens County Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 12. Full schedule here.