BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radio Network will host the Illinois Master Showmanship Contest Friday, August 13, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Junior Livestock Barn and Open Swine Barn at the Illinois State Fair.
The Master Showmanship Contest recognizes 4-H youth who have excelled in showing animals at their respective county fairs. The participants will be judged on their handling of three species: beef, sheep and swine. They also are quizzed by judges on their knowledge of animal husbandry and livestock production.
More than $8,000 worth of prizes donated by sponsors will be awarded this year. First, second, and third place overall winners will receive $500, $300 and $200 cash (respectively), a new showbox and other various prizes. Each species division winner will receive $100 and an embroidered zero gravity chair. Each contest participant will receive a t-shirt, bucket and $25 gift card. Winners will be available for photos and interviews following the award ceremony at the conclusion of the competition.
2021 marks the 21st year for this annual contest. The Illinois State Fair Master Showmanship Contest was started by farm broadcasters in Illinois as a way to recognize outstanding youth and provide a state forum for the competition.
— Illinois Farm Bureau
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