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Western Games return to Victoria Livestock Show

By Victoria Advocate
March 1, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2014 at 9:01 p.m.

Ashley Walk, 33 and her two daughters Paisley Walk, 5, and Mailey Walk, 11, watch the Victoria Livestock Western Games from the fence. All three members of the family participated in the boot scramble event and collectively earned four medals throughout the Western Games.

Delicately tossing cow manure, selecting the right clothes for a goat, and rushing to find a matching pair of boots.

The Western Games made a comeback to the Victoria Livestock Show this year.

Paisley Walk, 5, scampered to find her brown boots embroidered with colorful flowers at the Victoria Livestock Show's boot scramble on Saturday.

Minutes passed before she found them among the dozens of boots scattered across the arena.

As a clown cheered her on, Paisley pulled them on partially and stumbled across the finish line.

The other two games featured this year were the "cow patty toss" and "dress the goat." All three were throwbacks to decades-old livestock show entertainment.

"We canceled the games last year because of low participation," said Dian Denker Patterson, business chairperson for the Victoria Livestock Show. "So many people were disappointed, so we decided to bring them back."

Kelly Fitch, Western Games chairwoman and Aloe 4-H Club manager, said the games, which were free to participants, were moved to Saturday so more kids could take part.

Ashley Walk, 33, and her two daughters, Paisley and Mailey, 11, won four medals for the family in the Western Games.

Ashley Walk entered the boot scramble on a dare from her friend, Ryan Barnett. She won first in the adult division. Mailey won second in both the scramble and the toss in the 11-to-15 age group. She also placed seventh overall with her rabbits in the breeder show. Paisley won first in the toss for the 4-to-6 age group.

Competitors in three divisions competed in the boot scramble and the cow patty toss. The games also featured an adult division for those 16 and older.

Sebastian Smith, Bailey Herron and Kylie Fitch won the children's scrambles.

The toss required competitors to land cow patties in toilets. The winners included Paisley Walk, Jayden Heller and Lexey Mikulec. Jordin Jones won the adult division.

The dress the goat event was a team event, with two-person to four-person teams in the four divisions.

Teams dressed their goats in garments and accessories including dresses, pants, socks, hats and jewelry before they walked them across the finish line.

First-, second- and third-place winners earned medals and meals donated by local restaurants.

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