Showmanship contest slated for August 8
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[August 05, 2014]
BLOOMINGTON - The Illinois Farm Bureau
and RFD Radio Network will host the Illinois Master Showmanship
Contest Friday, August 8, beginning at 8 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. The members
will be judged on their handling of each of three species of
animals: beef, sheep and swine. They are also quizzed by judges
on their knowledge of animal husbandry and livestock production.
Over $8,000 worth of prizes donated by sponsors will be given
away this year. A winner from each species will receive $100 and
various prizes. Three top winners will receive $500, $300 or
$200, a new showbox, director’s chairs and various prizes. In
addition, all participants will receive a t-shirt and prize for
their hard work.
2014 marks the fifteenth 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.
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The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau
Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded
in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by
farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total
membership of more than 400,000 and a voting membership of more than
82,000. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.
[Text received; ILLINOIS FARM BUREAU]