YESTERYEAR: Tri-State Calf Show by Pat Sides

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In this photo, Bill Burns poses next to his entry in the 14th annual Tri-State Calf Show, which was held at the Evansville Union stockyards in 1950. Behind him stands W. E. Baker, president of Servel, Inc., who purchased the calf. Sponsored by the Evansville Chamber of Commerce and the stockyards, the event drew nearly 600 entries from 4-H Club members in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. The calves were shown by breeds, with each breed considered in a class with others from the same state; the state champion from each state then competed for the show’s top prize. The event’s judges represented Purdue University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Kentucky. After the show, 473 calves were sold from the block.

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