Aylesworth - third from left
County 4-H member Lukas Aylesworth selected as master showman at
Illinois State Fair
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[August 23, 2017]
2017 Master Showmanship Contest was held on August 11 at the
Illinois State Fairgrounds. Fifty-six exhibitors, winners of their
respective county contests, competed for the title of “Illinois
Exhibitors were judged on their handling of each
of three species of animals; beef, sheep and swine and also
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 to the winners and all participants.
This year’s contest winners were:
Overall Master Showman – Lukas Aylesworth from Mt.
Pulaski representing Logan County. He is the son of Rick and
Debby Aylesworth and a member of the Topper 4-H club.
Second Place Overall - Mackenzie Burgin from Paris
representing Edgar County. She is the daughter of Dee Burgin and
Lisa Spillman Burgin.
Third Place Overall – Lucas Wisnefski from Wyoming
representing Stark County. He is the son of Jeff and Laurie
Beef Division – Mackenzie Burgin from Paris representing
Edgar County. She is the daughter of Dee Burgin and Lisa
Sheep Division – Edward N. “E.N.” Hanson
IV from Clifton representing Iroquois County. He is the son of
Ed and Tasha Hanson.
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Swine Division - Adrian Austin from Mt. Vernon
representing Marion County. She is the daughter of Steve & Holly Austin.
This year marked the 18th Annual 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, Jr. presented
the awards. Congratulations to these outstanding young livestock exhibitors!
About 4-H: Illinois 4-H strives to help youth learn skills for living.
University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in
Illinois. Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year
through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.