The 2015 Polk County Cattlemen’s Sweetheart is Bailey Buchanon. Bailey has been involved in the cattle industry her entire life. Bailey is a senior at Lake Gibson High School where she is active in the Lake Gibson Sr. FFA chapter. She currently serves as Vice-President of her chapter, and Secretary for the Polk FFA Federation. Bailey shows beef cattle at the Polk County Youth Fair and local fair circuits. Bailey has been exhibiting cattle since she was 8 years old and has won multiple prized “purple ribbons” and trophies along the journey. None have meant more to her than the Reserve Grand Champion Open Steer trophy she received in the 2014 Polk County Youth Fair. Bailey Buchanon has established a herd of her own cattle that she breeds each year and she continues to show the offspring.
Bailey Buchanon is much more than a girl who shows cows, she also raises cattle, works cows, gets out on the tractor, and helps with the hay baling on her family’s cattle operation. Bailey has helped with her fair share of fence repairs, spraying soda apples, and even putting out hay. Bailey is as comfortable working in the cow pens as she is in the show ring. Bailey doesn’t back down from a challenge or from a new experience, and she truly sees this opportunity as a chance to set an example to the younger generation of cattlewomen.
Bailey will graduate from high school in May 2015 with high honors and plans on attending college to obtain a degree in agriculture education and communication. Her hopes are to one day work within the cattle industry. Bailey Buchanon is a very well rounded young lady who will represent our industry well this year. She has the experience both in and outside of the show ring to help both aspects of the community we serve.