Walker Edward Anttila is a senior at Joliet, Montana highschool and is the only child to John and Samantha Anttila. His favorite place to show is Montana State Fair and after graduating he plans on attending Casper College where he will be on a livestock judging scholarship. Walker is one of those kids in the barn that everyone can’t help but love. He’s a shining example of working hard and wining with humility.
Montana Ag: What species do you show and what is your favorite?
Walker: I show pigs, lambs, goats, and cattle. My favorite animals to show would be pigs and lambs. I feel these two show my true passion and desire of showing livestock.
Montana Ag: What’s your most memorable stock show moment?
Walker: I have many memories showing livestock from when I was young to now. One of my greatest memorable stock show moments would be winning my first buckle in showing. I had set a goal early in the year to win one buckle at county fair. I would accomplish this goal with my first lamb as I won Junior Lamb Showmanship. Later that day I would win Grand Champion Market Lamb, Grand Champion Junior Showman Goat, Grand Champion Market Goat, Breeding Goat, and Champion of Champions Grand Champion Market Lamb. This would teach me the value of hard work over the summer that had lead my to this moment.
Montana Ag: What do you consider your biggest showing accomplishment?
Walker: My biggest accomplishment would be Montana State Fair of 2017. That year would be one of my greatest showing moments of my life. I was able to win Grand Champion Senior Swine Showman against many other great showman.
Montana Ag: Outside of showing what other hobbies do you enjoy?
Walker: I am involved in many hobbies outside of showing. I am involved in basketball, football, track & field, livestock judging, National Honor Society, rocket club, and MBI mentoring program.
Montana Ag: What is one piece of advice you would offer to other kids in the barn?
Walker: The advice that I would give to any kid would be that hard work does pay off in the end. All those hours in the barn working the hair or one more walk around the yard adds up to the final moment when it all counts. One’s hard work at home makes the final moment even sweeter.