“I’m Laura Dalton, but most people call me Angeline, I’m 18 and recently graduated from Globe High School with the class of 2020. Now I am attending Eastern Arizona College-Gila Pueblo Community Campus while pursuing my real estate license. I joined the Gila Hoggers 4-H club when I was nine years old and have now been participating in 4-H for eight years. While in high school I also was enrolled in Future Farmers of America (FFA). Throughout my years of raising livestock in 4-H and FFA I have raised a total of six pigs, three steers, and two heifers.
All eight years of being involved in 4-H and FFA I have learned many things along the way. I started this adventure being a non-sociable, in-experienced kid but through 4-H and FFA I have grown into an outgoing, all-in adult. For the past eight years I have worked endless hours to prepare for the Gila County Fair every year. I have walked many miles up and down hills training my animals to walk, stop, set up, and handle easy as well as clean their waters and feed them every day. I have failed numerous times but always tried harder the next time. Not only failing, I have succeeded so much more. Not by winning banners or buckles I have accomplished more than that. I have gained knowledge about the agriculture industry and livestock through skill-a-thons, demonstrations, trial and error, community service and all the other different activities I have participated in. Some of the things I have learned is to help others, encourage each other, be kind, be dedicated, commitment, managing time wisely, money management, discipline and so much more, but most of all, to be responsible. Whether it be for my actions or for my duties how to work hard and make sure my animals are taken care of. Fulfilling the responsibility of wanting to raise good quality animals and succeed.
This year I am raising my final and favorite steer to show at the Gila County Fair. His name is Maverick. I purchased him from Blackford show cattle in December of last year. Maverick is an Angus cross and the prettiest one I’ve ever seen but he also has the funniest personality. We have had long walks, stubborn moments, lots of popsicles and memories. I will be sad to see him go to another family’s table and close this chapter of my life but I am grateful I had this opportunity and hope to go out with a bang.
We have all had a wrench thrown in our path this year but that didn’t stop us from showing and selling our livestock. The 2020 Gila County fair will be a virtual auction. I still would like to invite all supporters, buyers, families and the livestock community to join Maverick and I this year.
Our Gila County Fair could not be possible without our buyers. I would like to thank my family, Community, buyers and all other supporters for supporting me throughout my years of raising livestock. I hope that everyone will participate in the 2020 Gila County Virtual Livestock Auction.
As of this week, buyers may register at bid.virtualstockshow.com.
Find buyers packets at gilacountyfair.com, call 928-200-0012, or email [email protected]