Local 4-H’er Buddy Hass, advances to state competition

By on August 6, 2010

La Fox—Buddy Hass, of rural Elburn, won the Kane County Master Showmanship competition held during the 2010 Kane County Fair.

This competition was a new opportunity for local 4-H’ers in Kane County. He now advances to the state competition to be held Wednesday, Aug. 11, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Junior Livestock Barn on the Illinois State Fair Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The Master Showmanship Contest recognizes 4-H youth who have excelled at showing animals county-wide. They are judged on their handling of each of three species of animals: beef, sheep and swine. Then they are quizzed by a judge on their knowledge of animal husbandry and livestock productions. One winner is named for each species, and scores for all three species are tallied to determine the overall winner.

2010 marks the 11th year for the state contest. Farm broadcasters in Illinois started it as a way to recognize outstanding youth and provide a state forum for the competition.