GRAND ISLAND – 4-H and FFA champions from around the state competed in the 13th Annual Nebraska Elite Showman Competition at the Nebraska State Fair. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and the Nebraska Rural Radio Association coordinate this prestigious event in cooperation with the Nebraska State Fair.

“The youth who participate in the Nebraska Elite Showman Competition are selected to represent their county at the statewide competition, and they all represented their counties well,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman.

Elite Showmen competitors must be between 14 and 18 years of age and enrolled in 4-H or FFA. Counties are able to select only one student to represent them to compete. Agricultural business and organizations generously contribute prize money.

“Congratulations to the winners and to all of the participants for making this year’s Elite Showman Competition so exceptional,” said Wellman.

In this year’s Nebraska Elite Showman Competition, 41 participants represented their counties.

Competitors are scored on beef, swine, sheep and goat showmanship, as well as interview skills and knowledge via a written test. Along with first, second and third place overall winners, winners are selected for each division. The top overall Elite Showman receives $2,000, the second place finisher receives $1,000 and the third place overall winner receives $500. Division winners are awarded $300 each. All other competitors receive a $50 prize.

Harlee Brauckmuller of Cass County competed in the written test portion.

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