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]