Kindra Wolter, Wessington Springs, fits her steer before the “Best of the West” county showcase. For more photos, see this week’s print or e-issue.  

Last Sunday, August 11 marked the first-ever “Best of the West” county showcase held in Wessington Springs, SD. 

Thirty-three counties were invited to take part in the event which was patterned off the Sweet 16 in Aberdeen and the Showdown of Champions in Salem. 

“We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to attend if they weren’t already invited to one of the other showdowns,” said Audra Scheel, member of the event committee. 

Fourteen counties paid their $200 entry fee which also included sponsorship from: First Dakota National Bank, Bankwest, Grossenburg Implement, FK Ranch – Justin and Krista Krell, Werk Weld, Farm Aid Equipment and the Lyman Co. Sheriff Office. 

All monies were paid back out to the top five in each division in cash and prizes. The planning committee consisted of Kama Bruns, Marty and Mandy Michalek, Garrett Bischoff, Steve Zoss and Audra Scheel. 

Sweet Grass Eatery served a brisket supper on site and the barn was packed with spectators. The committee plans to grow the event and looks forward to seeing everyone again in 2020. 

Champions from each county’s Achievement Days were invited to attend in each of the divisions listed on PAGE TWO in this week’s print and e-issue.

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