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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • A not-so-serious 4-H livestock show

  • HARRISBURG-- At the 4-H fair currently going on at the Saline County Fairground, a new competition was added this year – crazy showmanship. With everything from a goat dressed up like Danny Evans to people showing fake cattle, a good time was had by all who participated and watched the well-attended event held Wednesday evening at the fairground.


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  • At the 4-H fair currently going on at the Saline County Fairground, a new competition was added this year – crazy showmanship. With everything from a goat dressed up like Danny Evans to people showing fake cattle, a good time was had by all who participated and watched the well-attended event held Wednesday evening at the fairground.
    The crazy showmanship competition was judged by Chris Harbison.
    The non-livestock category came out first, to a chorus of laughter and smiles. One participant had a project he called the “Steed Swiffer,” which turned out to be more Swiffer than steed. The “Steed Swiffer” could even do a trick – laying down.
    Nancy Lambert won in the non-livestock division for her 4-H themed outfit. Harbison said he chose her as the winner because “4-H is the whole reason why we're here.”
    Jillian Miller won the goat/sheep division for her goat dressed up like Danny Evans, leader of the Pleasant Valley Go-Getters 4-H club. Evans was a good sport about the joke.
    In the cattle division, Kate and Addison Evans won for their Mardi Gras-themed costumes on both themselves and their cows. Many audience members were left wondering what those cows had to do to receive the Mardi Gras beads they were wearing.
    In the final division for crazy showmanship, swine, attendees had the pleasure of seeing many pigs painted and costumed. Jimmy Richey presented a pig with meat cuts painted on and even had a container of charcoal setting under the pig, ready for some good eating. One kid, donning a cape, even made a very good attempt at riding a pig.
    Kale, Kolton and Kylee Oglesby won the swine division for their Eldorado football-themed costumes on both themselves and their pig. Their cousin said the kids have been practicing football all week after their 4-H classes to prepare for the crazy showmanship competition.
    The event, brand new to this year's fair, was organized by Jennifer Hale. With the amount of of fun had this year, it's safe to say the crazy showmanship competition has begun a new tradition at the 4-H fair.
    Thursday evening 4-Hers are looking forward to the massive water fight scheduled to begin after the beef cattle show. Traditionally, the water fight lasts as long as the temperature reaches the previous day.
    According to The Daily Register/Daily Journal's calculations, Wednesday's temperatures peaked at about 104 degrees, meaning the water fight is going to last awhile and everyone is expected to get quite wet.