Fall is my favorite time of year! As state fairs wind down, it’s time to start thinking about harvesting the crops, weaning the calves, preg-checking the cows, winterizing the ranch and bringing the herd home before the snow flies. I love breathing the crisp September morning air, the crunch of leaves under my feet and the colorful painter’s brush that God sweeps across the trees as they come alive with colors. It’s a great time of year, and it always renews my love for agriculture. Most importantly, with all of the hard work to do on the ranch this time of year, fall is the time to reflect on the importance of family — the people who work beside us each and every day. To celebrate that, we are hosting a “Fall Memories” Photo Contest, and today, I’m revealing our finalists and hope you will help me select our champions!
Congratulations to our finalists: Cathy Bandyk, Whitney Holen, Megan Smith, Rob Bodine, Kara McMurtrey, Chris Lassiter, Lauren Chase, Clara Grace, Bethany Cooler, Jenn Zeller and Rachel Mellard!
Voting is simple. Simply select the corresponding number above the 11 photos listed below as your favorite. A champion and reserve will be announced next week. Voting closes Tuesday, Sept. 27.
1. "At The Fair"
3. "Nap Time"
4. "Payton And His Buddy"
6. "Dixie And Mater"
7. "Gathering Steers"
8. "Kane and Corn"
9. "Loving Levi And Little Red"
10. "Oreo Leading The Cows Home"
11. "Rounding Up The Cows"
Prize details: Two champion photographers and three randomly selected readers will be awarded a copy of my new children's book, "Levi's Lost Calf."
Here is a video-preview of the book: