Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The 2014 Master Showmanship Contest was held on August 8 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Fifty-one exhibitors, winners of their respective county contests, competed for the title of “Illinois Master Showman”.
Illinois Farm Bureau's (IFB) Youth Education in Agriculture (YEA!) program coordinates this event. Jenny Jackson, IFB Youth Ambassador, was in charge of this year's contest. "I am honored to have had the opportunity to showcase such talent among young people in the livestock industry. Illinois Farm Bureau supports youth and leadership development in many programs, such as 4-H. We are happy to award such hard working, and driven youth."
Exhibitors were judged on their handling of each of three species of animals; beef, sheep and swine. Then they were quizzed by the judges on their knowledge of animal husbandry and livestock production. One winner was named for each species and scores for all three species were tallied to determine the overall winner. Over $8,000 worth of prizes donated by sponsors were given away this year to the winners and all participants.
This year’s contest winners are:
Master Showman- Codee Schlipf from El Paso representing Woodford County. She is the daughter of Ryan and Sherry Schlipf.
2nd Place Overall- Thomas Crome from Marshall representing Clark County. He is the son of Aaron and Mary Ann Crome.
3rd Place Overall- Hanna Runner from Sciota representing McDonough County. She is the daughter of Ron and Holly Runner.
Beef Division- Olivia Claire from Watseka representing Iroquois County. She is the daughter of Jeff and Marybeth Claire.
Sheep Division- Hanna Runner from Sciota representing McDonough County. She is the daughter of Ron and Holly Runner.
Swine Division- Taylor Donelson from Clinton representing McLean County. She is the daughter of Phil and Tanya Donelson.
(Pictured left to right are Hanna Runner, President Richard Guebert, Codee Schlipf, and Thomas Crome. Photo by Cyndi Cook, IFB Photographer)
This year marked the 15th Master Showmanship Contest held at the Illinois State Fair. This year's contest was coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radio Network. Illinois Farm Bureau President, Richard Guebert presented the awards.
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