LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas State Fair is an excellent place for families to have fun and make memories together. For 16-year-old Whitney Walker and her family, special memories were made at this year’s State Fair. Whitney, a junior at Prairie Grove High School and FFA member, was able to show a steer that she raised herself at her first State Fair. “It’s a tradition in my family to raise and show steers, and I’m excited to be showing at my first State Fair,” she said.
As it turns out, Whitney had a good reason to be excited. Steve O, her first State Fair steer, ended up taking the Grand Champion Steer award. What makes this honor even more exciting for Whitney is the fact that her father, Eric Walker, won the same prize with his steer at the State Fair 25 years ago.
Eric Walker, who was FFA State President in 1992, said this experience as a family just couldn't be beaten. “It gets a little emotional. My dad and I did this together, and it’s just a great experience to have my kids follow in my footsteps,” he said.
Even though Steve O was auctioned off for $18,000 at the fair’s Sale of Champions, it’s the bond this experience brought to this family that was the biggest payoff.
“We’re building lifetime memories together here at the fair,” Eric Walker said.