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Illinois Master Showmanship Contest slated for Friday

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[August 06, 2012]  BLOOMINGTON -- The Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radio Network will again host the Illinois Master Showmanship Contest. This year's contest will be on Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Junior Livestock Barn on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The Master Showmanship Contest recognizes 4-H youth who have excelled at showing animals at their county fair. Participants will be judged on their handling of each of three species of animals: beef, sheep and swine. Contestants also are quizzed by judges on their knowledge of animal husbandry and livestock production.

More than $9,000 worth of prizes donated by sponsors will be given away this year. A winner from each species will receive $100 in addition to various prizes. Three top winners will each receive $500, $300 or $200, a new showbox, director's chairs and various prizes. In addition, each participant will receive a T-shirt, $25 gift card and a prize for their hard work.

Philip Nelson, Illinois Farm Bureau president, is scheduled to present the awards at the conclusion of the contest. Winners will be available for pictures and interviews following the awards ceremony.

This year marks the 13th year for the contest. It was started by farm broadcasters in Illinois as a way to recognize outstanding youth and provide a state forum for the competition.

[Text from file received from Illinois Farm Bureau]

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