STILLWATER — The Cherokee County 4-H meat judging team represented Oklahoma well in the recent American Royal National 4-H Meat Judging and Identification Contest. This contest is held every year in conjunction with the American Royal Livestock Show.
The three-member team, comprised of Hallie Barnes, K.C. Barnes and Trico Blue, placed second nationally at the competition that took place at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. They are members of the Cherokee County Riders 4-H Club.
With a score of 2,154 points, the trio was a mere two points behind the Texas team that placed first. In addition to their second place overall finish, the team also won multiple divisions in the contest, including beef judging, retail judging, total judging and reasons.The team placed third in meat identification and fifth in pork judging.
Individually the team members did exceptionally well. With 60 participants being scored, K.C. Barnes was high point individual, and placed first in reasons, retail judging and total judging; second in beef judging; and third in meat identification; Hallie Barnes was the fifth high individual scorer; second in reasons and retail judging; seventh in total judging; and ninth in both beef judging and meat identification. Blue placed sixth overall; fourth in reasons and beef judging; eighth in retail judging and total judging; and 12th in meat identification. K.C. Barnes received a $1,000 scholarship for his high point individual award, and the team received $300 for its second place finish.