L-R: Isabel Wright, Katie Smith, Kaitlyn Hildebrand, Luke Schultz- Champion Master Showman and Jessica Carlson- Reserve Champion Master Showman.

First Annual Master Showmanship Contest Held

What a great turnout for our 1st Annual Master Showmanship Contest on Friday, July 21 at the Bureau County 4-H Fair.  The Master Showmanship Contest tests individual’s skills and knowledge of showing beef, swine and sheep. Contestants were judged on their visual showmanship skills and were also asked questions about each of the species. The Master Showmanship Contest is hosted by the Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation and the U of I Extension.

Recognition was given to the top showman of each of the three species and a Champion and Reserve Champion master showman of all three combined species was awarded the top honors. Congratulations and best wishes to Luke Schultz of Princeton, this year’s Bureau County Master Showman!

Along with the title, Schultz was awarded a $100 scholarship and will go on to represent Bureau County in the Illinois State Fair Master Showmanship Contest that will take place Friday, August 11.

The runner-up was Jessica Carlson of Princeton. Jessica received a $50 scholarship and can represent Bureau County at the State Fair if Luke is unable to do so. The two also received other prizes as the winners in the individual species portions of the competition.

The Master Showmanship award winners include:

Swine Showman Champion: Luke Schultz

Sheep Showman Champion: Luke Schultz

Cattle Showman Champion: Jessica Carlson

Reserve Master Showman Champion: Jessica Carlson

Master Showman Champion: Luke Schultz

This event would not have been successful without the help of the livestock community. Thank you to the judges for donating their time, the owners of the livestock for allowing the use of their animals and the showmen for your patience and willingness to try new things!