Young livestock showmen compete for Supreme Champion title
CLEAR BROOK – Before the rides started running and the fair food started frying, a few young livestock showmen gathered at the Frederick County Fair on Friday morning, ready to compete for the fair’s 2016 Supreme Champion showman title.
Four senior-level and four junior-level competitors displayed their expertise with hogs, goats, lambs and steers for judge evaluation.
Jordan Childs said this was her first year judging a showmanship competition, critiquing the four junior division competitors while her father, Corey Childs, judged the senior division. She said showing livestock has been a family tradition and she’s shown at a number of fairs and events, including the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.
“I guess just with of my years of experience… I hope to bestow upon them things that might make them better,” she said. “Everybody’s got a different way of showing and I don’t want to try to change anybody’s way of showing, but if I can supplement it with certain things, hopefully they just take back something with them to go to other shows with – and mostly to have fun, that’s really what this is about.”
The judges offered words of advice and praise after each species shown. Jordan Childs told competitors that she challenged them to hold their eye contact with her while she constantly walked around the ring, while Corey Childs said keeping a calm demeanor can help calm the animal down, too.
Jordan Childs said that overall, the competitors are skilled in showing the different species and they up their game every year.
“They are very intense and very competitive, which is a good thing,” she said. “They know what they’re doing.”
After the scores were tallied, Evan Lineweaver, 17, of Winchester, was named the Supreme Champion senior showman and Chet Boden, 13, of Clear Brook, took home the junior title. They said some of the livestock brought out for showing were a challenge to handle – a few of the animals were switched out after acting up in the ring.
“That one goat was jumping all around,” Lineweaver said. “I’m glad I didn’t let him go. One of the steers was a little hard.”
“He couldn’t really get his feet set,” Boden added.
Lineweaver said he’ll be showing at the Virginia State Fair and in Augusta County. He’s spoken to prospective buyers at the Frederick County Fair about selling two steers, two hogs, two lambs and a goat at the fair. Boden said he has two pigs, a steer and a goat to sell.
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