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Master Showmanship for 4-H

The Master Showmanship Contest tests individual’s skills and knowledge of showing beef, swine and sheep. Contestants are judged on their visual showmanship skills and are also asked questions about each of the species. The state contest takes place during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. County contest take place throughout the summer.

Prizes are given to the top showman of each of the three species and a master showman of all three combined is awarded the top honor.

Individuals must compete in a county contest to be eligible for the state Master Showmanship Contest. Contact your county Extension Unit to learn about your local contest. 

The Master Showmanship Contest is hosted by Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radio Network.

Congratulations to the 2017 Master Showmanship Contest participants. The winners are as follows:

Overall Master Showman: Lukas Aylesworth of Stark County
2nd Overall: 
Mackenzie Burgin of Edgar County
3rd Overall: Lucas Wisnefski of Stark County

Beef Division Winner: Mackenzie Burgin of Edgar County
Sheep Division Winner:  Edward N. (EN) Hanson IV of Iroquois County
Swine Division Winner: Adrian Austin of Marion County


Pictured left to right are: EN Hanson, Mackenzie Burgin, Lukas Aylesworth, Adrian Austin, Lucas Wisnefski, Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr. (Photo by Catrina Rawson, Illinois Farm Bureau)

View more contest photos here.

Scores from the competition can be found here.

Thank you to the following sponsors that make this contest possible!
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • RFD Radio Network
  • Illinois State University
  • JBS United
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Lake Land College
  • Parkland College
  • Pioneer
  • Southern Illinois University
  • The University of Illinois
  • Illinois Soybean Association


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