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Green County Master Showman Competition 2017


August 10, 2017

Photo courtesy of Lukas Wymer

Bottom Row (L-R): Caleb Novak (Clarno), Cody Kuhlmyer (Monroe FFA), Jacen Wilinski (New Glarus FFA), Arika Streuly (Stateline). Top Row (L-R): Karleen Sutherland (Decatur), Haley Reeson (York), Rachel McCullough (Juda FFA), Samantha Holmstrom (New Glarus 4-H), Sharlene Swedlund (Juda FFA), Abby Klahn (Oregon FFA), Aspen Bader (Young Americans), Abigail Bethke (Cheese Country Clovers).

The 12th annual Green County Master Showman Competition was held at the 2017 Green County Fair on Saturday, July 22. This event brings in the top senior (grades 10 and above) showmen in the dairy, beef, sheep, swine, goats, rabbits and poultry departments at the fair. Two youth from dairy, beef, sheep, swine and goats are invited to participate, where only one youth is selected from the rabbit and poultry divisions.

During the event, twelve members from their respective 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters show each animal species in a round-robin format. Youth are judged by qualified showmanship judges from the surrounding communities. After six rotations of the event are completed, the scores are tallied and the member with the highest score becomes the Green County Fair Master Showman.

2017 Master Showman participants were: Caleb Novak (Clarno), Jacen Wilinski (New Glarus FFA), Aspen Bader (Young Americans), Abby Klahn (Oregon FFA), Arika Streuly (Stateline), Cody Kuhlmyer (Monroe FFA), Abigail Bethke (Cheese Country Clovers), Karleen Sutherland (Decatur), Sharlene Swedlund (Juda FFA), Samantha Holmstrom (New Glarus 4-H), Rachel McCullough (Juda FFA), and Haley Reeson (York).

The 2017 Green County Fair Master Showman was awarded to Sharlene Swedlund (Juda FFA). Abby Klahn (Oregon FFA) was named Reserve Master Showman. Dan Ziegler, Agriculture and FFA Advisor from New Glarus, was Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Showmanship judges included: Swine - Rob McConnell, Clinton, WI; Rabbits - Robin Heath, Brodhead, WI; Beef - Tyler Witt, Browntown, WI; Goats - Hannah Halterman, Orfordville, WI; Dairy - Elizabeth Kempel, Brodhead, WI; Sheep - Chad Howlett, Evansville, WI; Poultry - Katie Lux, Janesville, WI.

The top ten participants received medallions and t-shirts for being a qualifier in the event while the Reserve Champion winner received a plaque. The overall winner received a plaque as well as an embroidered fleece jacket. Green County UW-Extension coordinated the 2017 Green County Fair Master Showman Competition with sponsorship from Compeer Financial, Union Bank and Trust, Colony Brands, and the Green County Farm Bureau. Thank you everyone for a great event and for the great support!


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