State Fair 2019: Bakker sisters of Wellsburg earn honors

Michaela Kendall

Growing up on a livestock farm, Haley and Morgan Bakker of Wellsburg have been showing cattle since they were old enough for the bucket calf class. Earlier this month, though, there was a new experience for the two sisters: they had the unique opportunity to compete against each other in the Choice Performance Beef Show at the Iowa State Fair.
In that show, the Bakker sisters both performed in the first window of the first class, along with 11 other contestants. Both sisters managed to snag an award during the show: Morgan - who’s the younger sister - earned a third place purple ribbon, and Haley - the older sister - was recognized as a gold showing recipient and was a belt buckle winner.
Though it may seem like a sibling rivalry to anyone else, both sisters agree they are proud of each other and grateful for the experience. For Morgan, it was her first time ever showing at the State Fair, and for Haley, it was her third. Both sisters were pleasantly surprised to earn honors at the show.
“I’ve watched Haley show a couple times at the State Fair, so I kind of knew what to expect but I never thought I would get a purple ribbon,” Morgan said. “I wasn’t expecting that.”
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