The best of the best 4-H showmen got a taste of how the other half lives in this year’s round robin livestock show Sunday at Adams County Fairfest.
The top two showmen from each livestock show during the week met in two rings to showcase their abilities at showing horses, sheep, goats, beef and pigs in the ultimate test of animal handling capabilities.
Working with animals not their own, contestants were put through the ringer by judges as they attempted to navigate the animals through a series of maneuvers aimed at showcasing their best atributes. The objective was to see how quickly the contestants could adapt to the animals, particularly those species with whom they had never worked before. The contest included written and verbal tests, with the latter administered in the ring by judges.
For Beth Janning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension educator in 4-H youth development, the show was her sixth go-around as director.
“These are the best of the best,” she said.