Legislators to compete in beef cattle showmanship at State Fair
PIERRE, SD – Over a dozen South Dakota legislators will try their hand at showing beef cattle at this year’s South Dakota State Fair. The 2nd annual Legislative Showmanship Competition will take place Saturday, Sept. 4 at the 4-H Livestock Complex.
The Legislative Showmanship Competition is a friendly livestock showmanship event that pairs elected officials with a youth livestock exhibitor from their district. The youth 4-H or FFA member “fits” the animal, prepares it for the competition and offers the legislator a crash course in livestock showmanship. Legislators show their animals in the arena and compete against one another for title of “Legislative Showmanship Champion.”
The top legislative showman will receive a gold belt buckle and have their name engraved on the “Legislative Showmanship Champion” traveling trophy, which will be presented on the Grandstand stage before the evening’s performance by Martina McBride. The winner’s youth partner will also receive a prize.
“The Legislative Beef Show is a great way for legislators to experience the hard work our youth put into showing livestock at the State Fair,” said Jon Farris, South Dakota’s Acting Secretary of Agriculture. “It’s also a fun competition that gives them some ‘bragging rights’ among their colleagues.”
The show begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, Sept. 4 in the 4-H Livestock Complex. Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on the legislators.
The Legislative Showmanship Competition is hosted by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, with assistance from the Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H and the South Dakota FFA Association. Sponsors include the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, South Dakota State University, the South Dakota State Fair, and First Dakota National Bank.
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Outtagrass Cattle Co. cartoon by Jan Swan Wood for the Oct. 23, 2021, edition of Tri-State Livestock News