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Master Showmanship for 4-H

The Master Showmanship Contest tests individual’s skills and knowledge of showing beef, swine and sheep. Contestants are judged on their visual showmanship skills and are also asked questions about each of the species. The state contest takes place during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. County contest take place throughout the summer.

Prizes are given to the top showman of each of the three species and a master showman of all three combined is awarded the top honor.

Individuals must compete in a county contest to be eligible for the state Master Showmanship Contest. Contact your county Extension Unit to learn about your local contest. 

The Master Showmanship Contest is hosted by Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radio Network.

Congratulations to the 2018 Master Showmanship Contest participants. The winners are as follows:

Overall Master Showman: Keaton Stoller, Woodford County
2nd Overall: 
Paige VanDyke, Clay County
3rd Overall: Levi Meurer, Lee County

Beef Division Winner: Paige VanDyke, Clay County
Sheep Division Winner:  Cole Ellerbrock, Henry County
Swine Division Winner: Keaton Stoller, Woodford County

State Fari

Pictured left to right are: Cole Ellerbrock, Keaton Stoller, Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., Paige VanDyke, Levi Meurer (Photo by Catrina Rawson, Illinois Farm Bureau)

Scores from the competition can be found here.


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