Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Premier Exhibitor Contests for State Fair beef, sheep, and swine exhibitors

Now that the State Fair is less than 50 days away, and entries are due to our office in 20 days, it is time to start focusing some attention to it. One of the things that we are promoting this year is our Premier Exhibitor Contests for our beef, sheep, and swine exhibitors. This program is designed to recognize 4-H beef, sheep and swine project members who can articulate their understanding about the future of the animal industry and their knowledge about animal production.

This contest is open to all 4-H state fair exhibitors who have completed their junior or senior year in high school.

Scholarship money is awarded in the following amounts:

1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250

1st - $1,000
2nd - $500
3rd - $250

1st - $500
2nd - $300
3rd - $200

A composite score will be computed from the following five elements:
1. Showmanship (15%)
2. Best showring ribbon earned (10%)
3. Interview with producers, ISU Extension staff, or industry representatives (25%)
4. Exam on production (25%)
5. Skillathon (might include: reading a medication label or feed tag, identifying cuts of meat, balancing a ration, identifying feed stuffs, etc.) (25%)

All activities will take place at the Iowa State Fair

4-H’ers may compete in only one species contest per year

A contestant who has previously won a scholarship is not eligible to compete in that specie’s contest again, but may compete in another species

They can sign up on the State Fair Entry Form or at the Iowa State Fair during check-in for their species

Please help us in promoting these events. We have a great amount of scholarship money from our sponsors, and the best way to say thanks is to have a high participation level.

If you or exhibitors have any questions about this contest please contact me via email or phone @ 515-294-3187.



Jake Rouse
Summer Livestock Assistant
State 4-H Office
3630 Extension 4-H Bldg
Ames, IA 50011-3630
(515) 294-3187 (phone)
(515) 294-4443 (fax)

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