Legislators to show cattle at State Fair
PIERRE -- Around 15 of South Dakota's legislators will try their hand at showing beef cattle again this year at the South Dakota State Fair.
The fifth annual Legislative Beef Show -- a friendly showmanship competition among state legislators -- pairs legislators with a youth livestock exhibitor from their district. The youth partner "fits" the animal, prepares it for competition and offers the legislator a crash course in livestock showmanship. The legislator then shows the animal in the show ring.
The Legislative Beef Show begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the 4-H Livestock Complex. The competition is a joint project between 4-H, FFA and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The judges for this year's event are Wayne Williamson of Yankton and Staci Wolf of Winner.
The top legislative showman will receive a gold belt buckle sponsored by First Dakota National Bank and have his or her name engraved on the "Legislative Showmanship Champion" traveling trophy (won by Sen. Shantel Krebs in 2012), which will be presented on the grandstand stage before the evening's performance by the Eli Young Band. The winning youth partner will also receive a prize.
"This friendly competition is a great way for the legislators to understand the hard work that our youth put into showing livestock at the State Fair and for our next generation to interface with the policy makers of our state," said Lucas Lentsch, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture.