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Left to right are Rob, Maddy, Bobby, and Jeromee Calaway. Rob and Jeromee are Joann's sons, Bobby was her husband, and Maddy was her granddaughter.

Calaway Classic beef show honors memories and creates new ones

By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporter

When the farming community loses one of their own, everyone comes together to remember the life that was lost.

On Sept. 30, the Meigs County Calaway Classic beef show was held in memory of Joann Calaway, who passed away unexpectedly in November of 2017. Calaway was a 4-H advisor in the county for 44 years known for her commitment to all of the youth.

“She ruled the barn with an iron fist and a soft heart,” wrote Anita Morrissey and Patty Aldridge, Calaway’s niece and sister.

Calaway enjoyed watching her sons Rob and Jeromee show cattle and then her granddaughter, Maddy. With several grand and reserve champions, the family has been successful with cattle from their family farm. Maddy competed in the Calaway Classic.

The Meigs County Beef Show was in conjunction with the Southern Ohio Showdown Circuit, which consists of 10 shows in different counties in southern Ohio. Members of the beef industry in the county tried to get a show in Meigs County for more than five years. The committee wanted an opportunity for the youth to show in their home county.

“Joann was a part of this committee,” said Carolyn Kesterson, the president of the planning committee.

When the spot for the tenth county opened, the committee applied and won. They knew it should be named for Calaway.

“Joann made an impact on anyone she met,” Kesterson said.

Kesterson said they had to pay a membership fee to the Southern Ohio Showdown Circuit, but the money from registration fees and the local sponsorship stays with the committee. The plans for the funds are to continue the show and to provide a scholarship for a child from Meigs County who shows beef at the Calaway Classic or at the county fair.

With memorials such as these, the lives and legacies left behind will continue to support the youth and future of agriculture.  


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