Buddy Barrow Show Held
Buddy Barrow Show Held - August 16, 2012
Lucchese Mooney, reserve grand champion at the Buddy Barrow show, poses with her cousin, Blake Brannon, who was also her mentor during the show.
Special time for special people
For the third time, the annual Buddy Barrow show took place at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville with 42 special people participating.
And for Lucchese Mooney, it was a great opportunity to show a pig and win reserve grand champion.
The six year old was matched up with her cousin, Blake Brannon, a 4-H member, and he coached her as she showed his crossbred pig named Houdini.
This was the first time Lucchese showed at the Buddy Barrow show, and she had a lot of fun, cousin Blake said. “She was really excited about it.” A little episode with pig manure brought more excitement, too. “She got some poop on her, and she goes, ‘Eww, nasty.’ She was very dramatic about that.”
Blake has participated as a mentor at the Buddy Barrow show for three years, and enjoys it. “I like watching how everybody seems to be having fun. It’s something new to them.”
Lucchese, who will be a kindergarten student at Welch School this fall, enjoys riding her horse Chief and feeding steers. She is the daughter of Brian and B.J. Mooney of Welch. Blake’s parents are Matt and Andra Brannon, also of Welch.
The Buddy Barrow show is designed to pair people with developmental disabilities with 4-H and FFA students, and to be mentored by the students in showing their barrows. The special people are judged on their showmanship in the arena and awarded prizes.
Each participant received a gold medal, a show stick, and a t-shirt. Kevin Long, Craig County, Okla. extension agent, served as judge, and Class was the major sponsor of the Buddy Barrow Show.
Bobby Phillips of Parsons, Kan. was grand champion.