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'Master Showman' participants honored
Pictured are the top 10 participants who received medallions and T-shirts for being a qualifier in the Master Showman. In the bottom row, from left, is Emilie Gietzel, Jessamine Burch, Kelsey Klitzman, Cheyanna Becherer, Alyssa Bailey, Mariah Ahrens and Rhett Katzenberger. In the top row, from left, is Jacob Tollakson, Brian Klahn, Mitchell Wilson, Jacen Wilinski and Mitchell Dammen. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - The 10th annual Green County "Master Showman" was held at the 2015 Green County Fair on July 25.

The event brings in the top senior (grades 10 and above) showmen in the dairy, beef, sheep, swine, goats, rabbits and poultry departments at the fair. Two youth from dairy, beef, sheep, swine and goats are invited to participate, while only one youth is selected from the rabbit and poultry divisions.

During the event, 12 members from their respective 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters show each animal species in a round-robin format. Youth are judged by qualified showmanship judges from the Green County community. After six rotations of the event are completed, the scores are tallied and the member with the highest score becomes the Green County Fair Master Showman.

2015 Master Showman participants were: Alyssa Bailey, Hiawatha 4-H; Jacen Wilinski, New Glarus FFA; Emilie Gietzel, Monticello FFA; Brian Klahn, Oregon FFA; Mariah Ahrens, Brodhead FFA; Rhett Katzenberger, Young Americans; Cheyanna Becherer, Brodhead FFA; Jacob Tollakson, Pecatonica FFA; Jessamine Burch, New Glarus 4-H; Kelsey Klitzman, Dayton Dairylanders 4-H; Mitchell Dammen, Argyle FFA; and Mitchell Wilson, Clarence Bridge Pioneers 4-H.

The 2015 Green County Fair Master Showman was awarded to Cheyanna Becherer, Brodhead FFA. Alyssa Bailey, Hiawatha 4-H, was named Reserve Master Showman. Dan Ziegler, Agriculture and FFA Advisor from New Glarus, was master of ceremonies.

Showmanship judges included: Swine: Ken Luety, Clinton; Rabbits: Bob Dietzman, Evansville; Beef: Makenzie Cash, Beloit; Goats: Jeremy Franseen, Clinton; Dairy: Joe Sarbacker, Verona; Sheep: Tim Miller, Beloit; Poultry: Laura Jorgensen, Brooklyn.

The top 10 participants received medallions and T-shirts for being a qualifier in the event while the Reserve Champion winner received a medallion and plaque. The overall winner received a plaque as well as an embroidered fleece jacket. The Green County UW Extension coordinated the 2015 Green County Fair Master Showman Competition with sponsorship from Badgerland Financial, Union Bank and Trust, Colony Brands, and the Green County Farm Bureau.

For more information, contact Ellen Andrews, 4-H and Youth Development Agent, at 608-328-9440.