It makes her kinda sad to think about selling Albert, 12-year-old Naomi Gensrich admitted, but at the same time that‘s why she’s here. On Friday morning, she’ll be showing her steer Albert in the 4-H Youth Show, and then on Sunday, he’ll be up for auction in the Youth Livestock Sale. This is his fourth time showing and second time selling.
“I might cry,” she said looking down at her hands in her lap as she sat on the leather couch in the County 17 Info RV adjacent to the steer barn. Through the window behind her, blue sky filtered through the leafy green trees.
“It’s always sad, but I’m not too nervous,” she said.
Naomi has pretty much raised Albert from the time he was born in the pasture and brought in to halter train in the spring. Since then, the two have worked hard training Albert to follow her lead, feeding him a healthy diet to fatten him up, and making sure he’s nice and clean for his big debut.
“He’s like a big puppy dog,” she said with a shy smile.
Despite saying goodbye to Albert, Naomi is focusing on all the positive aspects she really likes about Fair and being in 4-H, namely being able to mentor other young people through all the opportunities available, which show how hard work pays off.
“I like to show them that if you want something, you have to work hard to get it,” she said.
And on another positive note, there’s the money Albert will yield – upwards of $3,000 she hopes – for her college fund. That’s another good thing, she said, that makes it worth it.
“She pretty much knows that this is his purpose in life,” her mom Christina said, “to be eaten.”
The Youth Beef Show begins at 9 a.m. Friday morning in the Cam-Plex East Pavilion, with the Youth Livestock Auction beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Central Pavilion.