Pulling for Tristin

Casey Patterson

Perry County Fair is the best week of the summer for many kids ages 9-18 in the region. Students across the county get together for a whole week to show their livestock and watch all their hard work and dedication pay off. Many laughs are shared and tears are shed during this memorable week. The Perry County Fair of 2019 was particularly remarkable due to one extremely special person.

Tristin Boring is a local farmer, a member of the Sheridan FFA and a member of the Madison Junior Farmers 4-H club. Tristin had two steers to take to the fair this year; along with his brother, Chase, who had one steer. In late May, soon after school let out, Tristin was struck by a truck while crossing the road in a gator. He was life-flighted to Children’s hospital.

Tristin’s injuries were extensive and he went into immediate surgery. This accident was devastating to many and affected the community so closely because Tristin was a great friend and family member. Anybody that knew Tristin, knew that he could light up a room with his contagious smile and positive personality.

As Tristin’s recovery continued and the community continued to pull for him, the fair was slowly approaching and many friends and family were helping get their steers ready. July 14th came around and everyone moved their livestock in and hung “Pulling For Tristin” hearts on their pens in support of him.

July 18th was the big day, at 6 p.m. the Perry County Market Steer Show would take place. All the kids who have steers were ready to hit the ring and let their hard work pay off. Tristin’s class was up and his little brother walked into the ring with “Rusty”, one of Tristin’s steers. The judge looked over the two top steers in the class multiples time and eventually placed Rusty second in his class. After all the classes were over, it was time for the final drive.

Hundreds of people packed the coliseum eagerly to watch who would be rewarded with Grand Champion steer. All of the first place class winners entered the ring as the judge picked the Grand Champion steer. The judge picked the first place steer from Rusty’s class as Grand Champion, which meant Rusty and Chase got to enter the ring one last time. The judge almost immediately picked Rusty as the Reserve Grand Champion steer, causing the crowd to cheer and the colosseum light up with smiles. Many tears began to fall as everyone was so excited for Tristin, Chase and their family. After everyone was done congratulating Chase, and all the pictures were taken, everyone could settle down and just wait for the sale on Saturday.

Saturday slowly came around and Chase and Rusty entered the ring. Tristin had over $20,000 in add-ons before the bidding began and at the end of the sale, he broke the record, which was previously held by his cousin, Emily Boring, on the highest amount per pound for a market steer. It was the most amazing thing to see and be apart of.

Seeing Tristin and his family have so much support from the community means so much. Tristin is a great friend to so many people and everyone loved seeing his mom’s daily updates on Facebook about Tristin’s progress and pictures of the visitors he had during his stay in the hospital.

Tristin is now back home and still doing exceptionally well. He plans to come back to school to attend a few Ag classes and is doing online classes as well. Please continue puling for Tristin!