Logan County 4-H member Lukas
Aylesworth selected as master showman at Illinois State Fair
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[August 24, 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
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 Spillman
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Lukas Aylesworth - third from
Sheep Division – Edward N. “E.N.” Hanson IV from Clifton
representing Iroquois County. He is the son of Ed and Tasha Hanson.
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.