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Local man's prize steer wins award at Perry fairgrounds

    At the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry last month, a young man from the Denmark Community in Bulloch County took his prize steer to the top.
   Jarrod Creasy, a senior at Southeast Bulloch High School, has shown his family’s animals since he joined the 4H club in fifth grade. Once he reached ninth grade, Creasy joined the Future Farmers of America. Jarrod has been elected this years President of the Southeast Bulloch High School FFA chapter, the Area Four Treasurer for the State FFA, and serves as an officer of the Bulloch County Council of the 4H.
    The competition at the state fairgrounds was the State Market Steer Show. Here, all of Georgia’s FFA and 4H chapters bring their members best steers to be judged. Creasy knew he had a good steer in "Shooter" when he traveled to Perry. In fact, Shooter went on to also win the Grand Champion award at this year’s Ogeechee Kiwanis Fair.
    There were 263 of the best steers in the state at competition, which meant that winning an award in Perry would probably be a huge boost to both the boy's and beast's careers. All three of the Creasy children (Jarrod and his two sisters, Rebecca and Lindsay) showed animals throughout their high school years, which means the showing tradition has been ongoing for 16 years.
    When the judging for his category – Crossbred Steers – was finished, Jarrod learned that Shooter won the Reserve Champion Crossbred Award, which enabled them to compete for the Best Overall Awards. When all of the top winners in each category were examined, they all lined up again to see which would be called the top three steers in all of Georgia.
    Once again, Jarrod and Shooter did the Creasy family proud, as the steer captured Supreme Reserve Champion Award, or second overall for the entire competition. There is one more competition to go before Jarrod’s show days are over: the State Steer and Heifer Show in February 2008.
    After that show, Creasy intends to continue his educational and agricultural pursuits. He will attend Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton in the Agricultural Sciences field, with the intention of becoming a teacher in the future.

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