Thursday, August 17, 2017 • 1:00pm
- Develop showmanship skills in all species of livestock
- Encourage good sportsmanship and cooperation among youth.
- Develop an appreciation for all forms of livestock.
- Promote understanding and good feelings among youth.
- There will be two divisions: Junior and Senior.
- Showmanship winners from these species are eligible: dairy, feeder calf, veal, beef, sheep, goats, swine, horse, pony, poultry, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit.
- Grand Champion Showman will be eligible to show in the sweepstakes. If the Grand Champion Showman in a species chooses not to participate, the Reserve Champion Showman is then invited to represent that species in the contest.
- If the youth wins more than one regular showmanship contest, he/she will choose the species to represent as the Grand Champion and the Reserve Champion in the other species will be eligible for the contest.
- Sign-up sheets for the contest are in the appropriate barns. Contestants need to be signed up by Friday at noon.
- Senior Division will show dairy, feeder calf, veal, beef, sheep, goats, swine, horse, pony, poultry, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit. Youth may show their own animal only in the category they represent.
- Junior Division will show sheep, goats, swine, horse, pony, poultry, turkey, waterfowl and rabbit. Youth may show their own animal only in the category they represent.
- The panel of judges will select an Overall Grand Champion Showman and a Reserve Grand Champion Showman in each division.
- There will be an acting judge or ringmaster for the contest. His/her role is to act out the judging process. Only in the case of a tie will the acting judge's evaluation be considered. No verbal presentations, voluntary or otherwise are allowed. General questions on breeds of the species and uses of the species will be used with the senior division only.
- All animals used in the contest should have been shown in a regular fitting and showmanship class.
- Participants are to check-in at the large animal barn for this contest at noon. Contest begins in the large animal barn and then proceeds to the small animal area and finishes at the horse area.
- Names of Overall Grand and Reserve Champions will be engraved on a plaque, which will be placed in the Fair Office for permanent display. Cash prizes of $100.00 and $50.00 will be awarded to the Grand and Reserve place winners in each division.
- Judging criteria - Apperance of Showman, Display of Animal, Demeanor of Showman and Attentiveness to Acting Judges, Seniors - Answers to Questions.
Information on showing the different species will be available from each barn superintendent. Participants are encouraged to go to the other animal barns and meet with youth exhibitors to get information on showing.