Emily Buettner shows off the banners and rosettes she earned at the Allen County Fair this year. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Emily Buettner shows off the banners and rosettes she earned at the Allen County Fair this year. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — FFA and Pathfinder member Emily Buettner doesn’t have a favorite award from this year’s Allen County Fair. They’re all special to her.

“This is the first year I picked out my animals. It took me four hours to pick my champion alone. It’s exciting to me how well I did,” Buettner said. “I like the showmanship just as much as the ones for my how my animal looked.”

Among her banners and rosettes are Grand Champion Born and Raised Steer, Champion Senior Beef Showmanship and Reserve Grand Champion Overall Steer.

“All my awards show the hard work I put in,” Buettner said. “Raising animals for the fair is hard work. When you get the animal in October, you spend about 2-3 hours a day with them feeding, grooming and cleaning pens. When late spring and summer roll around, you’re with them 6-8 hours a day working on showmanship and washing, brushing, feeding, cleaning and — repeat. Especially the pigs.”

Buettner took two steer and two hogs and received $7,100 for her Grand Champion.

The accolades are nice but Buettner said she also learns skills she will use later in life.

“You learn good sportsmanship, time and money management, patience, responsibility, how to handle myself in different and to try new things,” she said.

Buettner got a taste for showing animals at the fair from watching here brother, Brent.

“I really look up to him and at fair time I felt left out. I wanted to be important, too, so I started with Pee Wee Showmanship,” she said.

Other fair favorites for Buettner are hanging out with her friends and making memories and of course, the fair food.

Buettner was also the 2018 Allen County Pork Industry Queen and serves as president of the Delphos FFA and vice president of the Delphos Livestock 4H Club. She is the daughter of Steve and Bonnie Buettner.