First-timer wins at the Yorktown Livestock Show (Video)
By BY KELDY ORTIZ - KORTIZ@VICAD.COM
Feb. 16, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.
YORKTOWN - It's not every day that Shelby Franke gets to beat her older brother at a competition she's new at.
Then again, they never had a chance to compete because of their three-year age difference.
That all changed Friday night at the 74th Yorktown Livestock Show when Shelby, 15, won the hog competition in her first year of competing.
Her brother, Dustin Franke, 18, who has showed animals for four years, placed fifth.
Going into the show, she didn't think her chances to win were high. But, she said, luck was on her side.
"I didn't expect it, but it was cool to beat (Dustin)," she said. Playing in four sports in school and raising her hog named Sweetie, she understands how to manage her time.
"Any chance I could work with (Sweetie), I did. I never had a free day off."
For Dustin, it was his last time to compete before going to college in the fall. He said he was not disappointed that his sister beat him.
"I'm proud of her," he said. "I'm glad she won and not someone else."
Their father, Randy Franke, was glad Shelby got her feet wet in her first competition. He said he wants his children to learn from the show experience, especially how to speak with older people and be able to keep track of their animals' expenses.
It also helps that she will earn some money from the competition.
Her hog brought in $6,500 at the auction.
"We help her get started, and she can reap the benefits," he said.