THORNVILLE — While Tristin Boring never got to show and sell his prize-winning steer, he was welcomed home with a trail of tractors to grace his return back to the Boring Brothers Farm on Aug. 9 from his 10-week stay in the hospital.
On May 28, a car suddenly struck Tristin as he was pulling his John Deere Gator onto the road in an attempt to fetch more tiles for the project he was working on.
He was immediately transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for multiple surgeries and sedations as doctors removed pieces of his skull.
On June 24, Tristin was released from intensive care and transferred to the neurology floor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, then began his rehab.
Tristin has been involved in 4-H since he was nine years old, and has been heavily dedicated to his animals, farm and family since then.
Since that tragic day of his accident, Tristin has been staying in the hospital, unable to work with and show his market steer at the Perry County Fair. His younger brother, Chase, stepped up to help out Tristin as he fed, exercised and showed the steer well enough to win Reserve Grand Champion.
According to Tristin’s aunt Jackie Edwards, Tristin had previously completed all of his requirements for his project, so his animal could still be shown, regardless of who was showing or selling it.
The surprise that struck all was the record-breaking sale Chase experienced as Tristin’s steer sold for $13 a pound, totaling $17,108, and defeating the Grand Champion in 2019 and all years prior.
“It was an outside judge, and they picked Tristin’s steer without knowing what had happened to Tristin, or if it was even Tristin showing the animal,” she mentioned. “The steer really did earn the Reserve Grand Champion position, and I think everybody just really wanted to rally around Tristin and help his family out.”
When Chase entered the sale arena with Tristin’s steer, an announcement was made of who’s project it was, then the community rallied together as 45 families and organizations combined their efforts to buy the animal.
Along with the buyers, Edwards reported that several kids donated part of their animal’s profits to Tristin.
“The majority of the money will go toward his medical bills,” she stated. “Everyone was really aware of Tristin’s situation and were pulling for him.”
Edwards predicted a little bit of the profit would be held back for Tristin’s project next year, but since the amount was above and beyond what they all could have imagined, the majority of the money will go toward his medical bills.
The community support for Tristin was not only shown at the sale, but also throughout events during fair week. Blue shirts were constantly seen, and a quilt was created in honor of “Pulling for Tristin.”
Family members knew how many people were wanting to bid on Tristin’s steer, especially Chase, but no one knew how much was going to come out of it. Edwards said that Chase said the excitement flooded over him and it was neat to see everybody supporting his big brother.
The list of buyers include: A&J Enterprise; Beckstedt Family; Buds Inc.; Carl Dupler LLC; Central City Electric; Bailey Veterinary Clinic; Chris & Darcy Walker; DM Enterprises; David and Kim Hoops; Fairfield Cattle Company; Fiddledick Farm; Granville Milling; Hard Luck Acres; In Memory of Larry Forgrave and Larry King, James Poorman Family; Jason Sturgeon Family; Bellevue Farms; John Russell; Kennedy Farms; King Club Calves; Makayla and Zoey Shriner; McDonald’s of New Lex; Miller Farms-Pioneer Seed; Mt Perry Propane; Muskingum Livestock; Performance Truck & Tractor; Priority One Plumbing; RC Poling Co.; Randy Moore-BP Oil; Rick Wyer Memorial Youth Fund; Rushcreek Feed & Supply; Scott Owen, Perry County Commissioner; Sheridan FFA and Alumni; Snider Equipment Rental; Spohn Excavating; Ultimate Enterprises Excavating; Turner Shorthorns; Hatfield Fencing; Bryan Tussing Family; Bachman Fitting/Show Cattle; Doug and Cheryl Majors; Austin Walker; Bever Farms; South Fork Dairy; Jeff McLean.
After a 76-day stay at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Tristin finally got to go back to his family in Thornville. The welcome party that awaited his return was of many. While family members were present at his home, the residents and neighbors of the community welcomed him back waving from the side of the road.
His family was overcome with joy to see the community welcome back Tristin who suffered a major head injury in Glenford back in May.
“I think it’s a great tribute to the people and friends and family in the community that supports someone in their time of need,” Tristin’s grandfather TJ Edwards told The Perry County Tribune. “Every kind of thing can be done has been done for us.”
TJ added that the family received gifts including prayer blankets given from members of the community. Tristin’s brother, Chase, was overwhelmed to see his brother return as well as the support group that welcomed him back home. Chase, along with his friends were instrumental in setting up the tractors to welcome his brother home.
More than 50 people were witnessed Tristin’s return with most people wearing blue t-shirts that read “Pulling for Tristin.” Along with the t-shirt entourage, two tractors were set-up hoisting a banner that read, “We are pulling for you Tristin.”
Tristin has always worked on the farm with his family, according to TJ. The tractors set-up along with the t-shirts signified the work he has done on the farm in the past. Tristin was scheduled to come back home on Aug. 14; however, the hospital gave him an early release and his family, along with friends, scrambled to organize his welcome home party.
Now that Tristin is back home, he will continue his rehabilitation with the help of his family. However, his work on the farm will resume shortly as he plans to show his steer at the National Livestock Exchange in Louisville, Kentucky, which will be towards the end of November.
“Those are good goals — he just wants to keep carrying on,” Justin Boring, Tristin’s father, said.
With all the support for Tristin’s return, his family was overwhelmed with happiness from all the support that they have received from members of the community.
“The Boring and Edwards families are very appreciative of all the support of Tristin that we’ve received for him and his recovery,” Jackie said. “For everyone who has reached out and donated and we are really appreciative.”