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Illinois Beef Expo lets young ranchers showcase their cattle

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PEORIA (HOI) --- This weekend, the famous Illinois Beef Expo made its way to the Peoria Expo Gardens.

Cattle ranchers young and old came together to have fun and boast their beef.

Sunday's events included a cattle trade show and a heifer show - which featured young female cows judged on characteristics like size and muscle structure.

11-year old William Miller brought his cow, Fluffy, to the show Sunday. He said he has attended events like this for several years.

"I started this when I was eight - I was raised on a cattle farm in Gridley," Miller said. "It's a lot of fun. You get to go new places, meet new people and have fun with your animal."

The first Illinois Beef Expo was held in 1988. Now, more than 700 animals are evaluated annually by the judges.

For more information on upcoming events, visit the Illinois Beef Expo website at

Harry Croton

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