Third time’s a charm for Shannon in ultimate livestock showman contest
Ethan Shannon had an unforgettable fair week.
His week started by being named one of two 4-H Royalty. He then earned reserve champion beef showman, champion crossbred beef heifer and reserve champion beef heifer the next day. Two days later he earned champion senior showman and then champion goat showman. That showman win gave him the chance to be a part of the ultimate livestock showman contest which he took with a confident win.
This is the third time Shannon, who is a 10-year 4-H member, has been a part of the ultimate livestock showman contest. To win the contest, the 4-H member must receive the least amount of points.
Shannon, who is a member of the Salem Superstars 4-H Club, said while he was in the arena during the competition, he wanted to do well but also cherish the moments because it is one of his last events as a 4-H member.
To become a participant in the ultimate showman contest a 4-H member must win the top showman spot in a species. Other show participants were Ryan Lynch winner of poultry, Elizabeth Button winner of sheep, Tori Culp winner of swine, Ethan Leman winner of dairy heifer, Sydney Anderson winner of horse and pony and Emma Nielsen winner of dairy beef.
Participants are asked about the different species, horse and pony, rabbits, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, dairy and beef, and exhibit them in the arena as if it were during a regular show. Competitors have eight times that they can show their knowledge with each competitor having the advantage when it comes to the class that they were named the top showman in.