2017-03-09 / Front Page

Gunter, Durham tops for Wilkes; show dedicated to Bobos


Madison Gunter showed the Reserve Champion Heifer – and others – at last Saturday’s Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show. Madison Gunter showed the Reserve Champion Heifer – and others – at last Saturday’s Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show. Wilkes County students Madison Gunter and Levi Durham were both named champions at the 63rd annual Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show last Saturday.

Gunter won the title of Reserve Champion Continental Heifer in Class III, taking first place in Class III as well; won Reserve Champion Supreme Heifer in Commercial, along with placing first in Class II; won the Homegrown Reserve Champion Heifer in Class II; took first place in the Homegrown Heifers Show in Class II; and placed first in seventh-ninth grade Showmanship.

Likewise, Durham won the title of Grand Champion Homegrown Steer in Class III, as well as placed first in Class III.

Student counterpart Elizabeth McLeroy placed first in the British Heifer Show in Class III; took second in the Homegrown Heifer Show in Class III; as well as placed first in 12th-grade Showmanship.


Levi Durham showed the Grand Champion Homegrown Steer and also placed first in Class III. Levi Durham showed the Grand Champion Homegrown Steer and also placed first in Class III. Gabriel Cochran placed first in the Commercial Heifer Show for Class I; placed first in the Homegrown Heifer Show for Class I; and placed fourth in seventh-ninth grade Showmanship.

Ethan Holton placed third in the Steer Show in Class IV and placed fifth in 12th-grade Showmanship.

Paco Juarez placed fifth in the Steer Show in Class I and placed third in seventh-ninth grade Showmanship.

Ava Wright placed fourth in the British Heifer Show in Class I and placed fourth in first-sixth grade Showmanship.

Wilkes County also added County Group of Five to this year’s list of victories.

As per tradition, Graydon and Pat Bobo were this year’s surprise honorees, and had the 63rd annual show dedicated to them for their hard work within the cattle industry, as they have been staunch supporters of the Washington Area Steer and Heifer Show for over 40 years.


The Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show and its program were dedicated to Graydon and Pat Bobo. Frank Watson (right) presented them with a commemorative plaque. The Washington Area Junior Steer and Heifer Show and its program were dedicated to Graydon and Pat Bobo. Frank Watson (right) presented them with a commemorative plaque. Serving as one of Wilkes County’s directors, Graydon Bobo has been and continues to be actively involved in the operation of the show, however the success of the annual event would not be possible without the Bobos, and other supporters, who put the needs of the youth involved at the forefront of the show.

The program highlighted that “most people remember that for many years the sale has been conducted under the supervision of the Bobos. As many know, a steer show is not a cheap endeavor – the success of the sale determines whether or not young people can afford to participate. Considering the large number of animals that had to be sold in years past, it is amazing how the Bobos were able to effectively manage such an endeavor for the betterment of the youth.”

Along with their service to the cattle show, the Bobos have also been inducted into the Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association (WCCA) Hall of Fame.

Pat was born in Bainbridge and attended business college in Atlanta where she met her husband Graydon of Wilkes County. After they wed in 1963, they returned to Wilkes County in the early 1970s where she worked for Dr. M.R. Clayton as his office manager for the Washington Veterinary Clinic. She also became office manager at the Wilkes County Stockyard.

She has served in many areas of the Wilkes County Cattlewomen’s Association, including as president, treasurer, and secretary. Pat also introduced and started the Beef Ambassadors Program in Georgia, and currently serves as treasurer of the WCCA.

Graydon is a graduate of Washington High School and the Atlanta Business College. He worked for General Electric and British Petroleum before returning to Wilkes County.

He became associated with Senator Sam McGill at the Wilkes County Stockyard in 1973 and worked as co-owner and manager for many years. He is a past member of the Lions Club and past president and director of the WCCA. He has served on several committees of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Georgia Beef Board.

He has also served the Georgia Livestock Marketing Association and the National Livestock Marketing Association in many capacities, and has received the “Friend of 4-H” award in Wilkes County and in McCormick County, S.C.

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