Sheltons set high bar for themselves heading into state fair
FREDERICK, Md. — The Shelton kids are devoted to getting their animals right where they want them, whether it is for a jackpot show or at the Maryland State Fair. The Shelton family from Frederick, Md., has been attending the state fair for seven years. This past year just so happened to be the “7th Heaven” year for them.
Kaylie Shelton, the second oldest of Kevin and Laura Shelton’s four children, won Grand Champion Steer with her “Peaches” purchased from Hanold Show Cattle, then right behind, her oldest brother, C.J, won Reserve Grand Champion Steer with his Hereford named “Dan” purchased from Dan Sullivan.
“After my sister won grand, I was pretty excited,” says C.J. “Then the judge walked up to my steer and shook my hand for reserve, I just couldn’t believe it.”
Along with success in the steer show, C.J. also won Supreme Heifer in the 4-H show with his heifer “Lady” purchased from Cool Pines Farm in Boonsboro, Md.
Their parents said they are proud to have such hardworking and dedicated children. “We love to show, it’s what we do,” says Laura, “We have watched our kids grow up doing what they are most passionate about and we are so proud of them.”
Like so many fair families, the Sheltons start prepping for the fair long before August. They bought their steers in October and have worked with them from the moment they got them in their barn.
From washing, rinsing, feeding and practicing showmanship, it takes a lot of time. Starting in May, the Shelton kids are at the farm rinsing off the animals in the morning and again at night.
“I had a goal set when I bought Peaches”, says Kaylie. “I wanted to take him to the Maryland State Fair and win. I knew in order to make that happened I had to work hard so, I did just that.”
CJ, Kaylie, their sister Holly, and brother Chad take each win as a team and congratulate each other. Chad, the youngest, will be attending the state fair as a first year 4-Her.
“I have been waiting so long to show at state fair,” says Chad, “I am so excited.”
The Sheltons said there have been so many people along the way that have mentored them some including Jeff Paulsen, Randy and Jamie Mullinex, Brent Schnettgoecke, Caden Curoe, Ethan Hanold, Brett Schiller, Isaiah Bridwell, and The Forbes Family.
“None of this would have been possible without them,” says Kevin, “It takes a team to make dreams become reality.”
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