Esther Mccabe – Miss American Angus 2013
Read her speech, Will the Circle be Unbroken?, delivered at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).
Happy Days from the great state of Kansas! Summer is in full swing, which means there are cows on green grass, crops to be harvested, hay to be cut, and lots of Angus friends to see! To get you caught up on the early spring events, here is a brief overview of my spring.
This spring I attended various sales such as the Gardiner Angus Sale in Ashland, Kansas, Belle Point Angus in Arkansas, and Briarwood Angus (Dr. Curtis and Ann Long) in Butler, Missouri. I also had the opportunity to tell about my role at a Kansas Livestock Association Meeting to local members and guests. My absolute FAVORITE event during the spring was when I visited a local first grade classroom and we discussed the by-products of cattle. It is amazing how much information kids can retain when ice cream is the prize!
The month of April was full of school events, sales, and going to the National Western Angus Futurity in Reno, Nevada. Even though my flight there was continuously delayed, it was definitely worth the trip! My chaperone for the trip, Anne Lampe, was awesome and had me try sushi for my first time ever (it really isn’t that bad!). While I was there, I had the opportunity to help select the new Western States Angus Queen, who is pretty awesome and helped me the rest of the time I was there.
May came, school ended, and the next week I was on a plane with my mom and my sister Hannah going to Maryland for Atlantic Nationals. We traveled to the Inner Harbor, tried the ever-famous “Crab cakes” (if you have never had them, hop on a plane and try them in Maryland…seriously!), and we even went to the aquarium. This is at the top of my list of the best places I have ever traveled. Oh and about the real reason I went… The show was incredible, I felt right at home the entire time I was there! The show ring was the prettiest I have ever seen and I don’t think any show will ever be able to top it!
The All American Breeders Futurity came what seemed like just a few short days after Eastern Regionals. My brother Ethan and I packed our bags and made the drive to Louisville, Kentucky. This was another first for me to attend. Ernie and Linda Bingman, Anne Patton Schubert, and the Satree family took me under their wings for the entire show to make sure I was very well taken care of.
The next outing was to Eastern Regionals in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This time the planes all ran smoothly. However getting my dad through security at the airport is another story! (He forgot to leave his pocketknife and lighter at home…oops!) During the Queens Tea, we heard from a lady by the name of Stephanie Copeland. She claimed the title of Miss Wheelchair Virginia in 2012. Stephanie shared her story with us and many words of inspiration to leave us with. We had the opportunity to tour the historic Wehrmann Angus that was absolutely incredible.
The National Junior Angus Show just happened to fall in my backyard this year in Kansas City, Missouri. My mom and Ashley Hoff attend the Queens Brunch with me. The ladies who out it on out did themselves with the entire event on The Plaza! The week flew by but I met so many great girls during time there and made friendships that will last a lifetime. I learned more from the girls that I had the opportunity to meet than I ever thought I could learn in just a few days. Each one of them brought something new to the mix and it was great J!
Even though I only have four short months left, they will be full of exciting events such as LEAD, the National Angus Conference and Tour, shows, sales, and of course starting school at K-State! This has truly been a once in a lifetime experience and I love every minute of it! I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has been there to assist me throughout my journey this year thus far.
I look forward to seeing you at a future Angus event and good luck with this upcoming fall!