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Medicine Hat Pen Show keeps ‘em coming back

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It was a week before the Dec. 14 deadline to enter a 4-H or a commercial team into the Medicine Hat Exhibition All Beef Pen Show set for Dec. 21-22 and with a lack of local entries one would think Shannon Brost would be worried or asking “where’s the beef?”
Not so.

“The number of entries are good; it’s still two weeks away,” explained Brost Dec. 7. “Things are progressing nicely. Entry deadline isn’t until the 14th so I know the locals will be entering soon. We do a lot of word of mouth.
“But a lot of the entries are new exhibitors... we stretch the deadline, we try not to turn anyone away.
“There are both the 4-Hers and the commercial guys. The 4-H numbers are a little low now but ... we’ve go entries from Weyburn and Estevan Sask. Plus we got some from Central Alberta and around Calgary.”
The one area where Brost was a little concerned about the lack of entries was from the County of Newell and Brooks. The last couple of years, the Newell entries have been conspicuous by their absence.
“It’s something we’re going to focus (on) next year,” explained Brost. “Maybe they’re busy.”
The show has been successful going into its 15th anniversary.
“It’s short and sweet. You pull in Friday and then gone Saturday,” said Brost. “I know one guy he brought a pen of bulls and then was going to Denver. It’s a warm-up show for them ... a lot of people can run in and do the show. Relaxed and laid back.”
Brost said the Friday night steak fry involving a tasting of all the different types of cattle is always popular. She added they appreciate all of representatives of the different breed associations cooking some beef.
Brost said the Cowboy Trade Show’s entries were slow to start with and now the show looks promising with vendors with beef-industry products or ties stepping up. She said she heard from the organizing committee and the support of the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede has been helpful.
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She added the recent issues with the former XL Beef Processing Plant (Lakeside) in Brooks this past October has not been a distraction nor has it put a damper on the event.
“The industry is positive and we are basically enjoying the same market,” explained Brost. “We’ve rebounded from that incident, it didn’t effect the industry too much. I don’t think it will hurt those in the industry. We’re a resilient bunch.”
Brost is anticipating another good crowd and looks forward to the start of the event.

Schedule for Medicine Hat All-Beef Pen Show and Cowboy Christmas Trade Show:
Friday, Dec. 21
• 4 p.m. Cowboy Christmas Trade Show Opens;
• Cattle Viewing;
• 6 p.m. Breed Association Steak Fry;
• 7:30 p.m. Purebred Breeders Commercial Open;
• Heifer Show Purebred Heifer Show Commercial Open Heifer Show.
Saturday, Dec. 22
• 8 a.m. Breakfast;
• 9 a.m. Cowboy Christmas Trade Show Opens;
• 4-H Open Heifer Show, 4-H Bred Heifer Show, 4-H Team Grooming Competition;
• 11 a.m. 4-H Judging Clinics;
• 1 p.m. UFA Steer Jackpot Commercial Bred Heifer Show, Purebred Bull Pen Show, Cattleman’s Choice, Top 10 Raffle Winners;
• 5 p.m. Cowboy Christmas Trade Show ends.

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