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Valley Competition

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Five representatives of Clay County competed against the best in the Wabash Valley Showmanship Competition, which took place Friday during the 2009 Clay County 4-H Fair. Representatives include (from left) Allison Stearley, Kaylee Miller, Ashley Seymour, Ashton Stevenson and Callie Dayhuff. [Order this photo]
* Area 4-H'rs take part in annual Wabash Valley contest

There were different faces showing animals at the Clay County 4-H Fair Friday, as it was time for the annual Wabash Valley Showmanship competition.

Featuring 4-Hr's from across the Wabash Valley, for at least 30 years the contest gives the winners bragging rights.

"The competition used to be sponsored by (WTHI) Channel 10," Clay County Extension Office Director Melanie Brown said. "Five years ago, they could no longer sponsor it and we were fortunate enough to find other sponsors."

Clay County was chosen to host the event because of its central location.

The competitors had to qualify for the competition by winning in their species category at their respected county fairs.

"It is an honor to even participate in the event because livestock is year round," Brown said.

"The health of the animal is always a concern, as well as the care that is given from feeding to mucking the barn."

Brown said, adding it compared to taking care of a child.

Five categories were shown, beef, dairy, goat, sheep and swine.

There were 25 competitors and awards were given out for first through third place.

All received a T-shirt, complementary lunch and the notoriety of competing.

The judge for the competition was Della Eastep, former Clay County 4-Hr. She was impressed with the group.

The five representatives of Clay County included, Ashley Seymour, participated in goat showmanship, Ashton Stevenson, placed third in dairy showmanship, Callie Dayhuff, placed third in sheep showmanship, Kaylee Miller, placed second in swine showmanship and Allison Stearly, placed first in beef showmanship.

"You are the best of the best in your respected county," Eastep said.

"You should all be proud of the work you have done."

At the end of the day, everyone felt like a winner.

"It takes everyone to run the 4-H fair, from our excellent office staff and volunteers to the community," Brown said.

"We have a great one."

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