2022 Master Showmanship Contest
WINNERS OF 22nd ILLINOIS STATE FAIR
MASTER SHOWMANSHIP CONTEST ANNOUNCED
The Master Showmanship Contest, hosted by Illinois Farm Bureau and RFD Radio Network, was held on August 12, 2022, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Sixty exhibitors, who were the winners of their respective 4-H county contests, competed for the title of “Grand Champion Overall Master Showman.”
This prestigious competition invites 4-H members ages 14 to 18 years to display their showmanship skills across three species – beef, sheep, and swine. The 4-Hers were judged on their ability to handle each animal, knowledge of the species and animal husbandry, as well as overall showmanship skills.
Top three were named in each species and scores for all three species were tallied to determine the top ten winners overall.
This year’s contest winners are:
Grand Champion Overall – Carter Hoge from Good Hope, representing McDonough County. Son of Mark and Katie Hoge.
Reserve Grand Champion Overall – Taylor Crouch from Maroa, representing Macon County. Daughter of Cassie and Jeremy Crouch.
3rd Place Overall – Lauren Mohr from Carlock, representing McLean County. Daughter of Brian and Jill Mohr.
4th Place Overall – Kyle Bird from Princeville, representing Peoria county. Son of Josh and Kim Bird.
5th Place Overall – Cole Paulek from Stonington, representing Christian County. Son of Craig and Katie Paulek.
6th Place Overall – Liz Hayden from Elmwood, representing Fulton County. Daughter of Gina and Matt Hayden.
7th Place Overall – Tyler Hall Monroe Center, representing Ogle County. Son of Brian and Janet Hall.
8th Place Overall – Aubrey Killey from Berwick, representing Warren County. Daughter of DeNeene and Kevin Killey.
9th Place Overall – Paris Van Dyke from Louisville, representing Clay County. Daughter of Joe and Katrina Van Dyke.
10th Place Overall – McKenna Merritt from Carthage, representing Hancock County. Daughter of Matthew and Michelle Merritt.
Champion Beef Division – Carter Hoge from Good Hope, representing McDonough County. Son of Mark and Katie Hoge.
Reserve Champion Beef Division – Kyle Bird from Princeville, representing Peoria County. Son of Josh and Kim Bird.
3rd Place Beef Division – Sophie Trainor from Tower Hill, representing Shelby County. Daughter of Chuck and Ellen Trainor.
Champion Swine Division – Carter Hoge from Good Hope, representing McDonough County. Son of Mark and Katie Hoge.
Reserve Champion Swine Division – Delaney Hemann from Carlinville, representing Madison County. Daughter of Mike and Kati Hemann and Jeff and Jenny Weems.
3rd Place Swine Division – Hannah Miller from Chatsworth, representing Livingston County. Daughter of Matt and Tammy Miller.
Champion Sheep Division – Taylor Crouch from Maroa, representing Macon County. Daughter of Cassie and Jeremy Crouch.
Reserve Champion Sheep Division – Liz Hayden from Elmwood, representing Fulton County. Daughter of Gina and Matt Hayden.
3rd Place Sheep Division – Kashen Ellerbrock from Atkinson, representing Henry County. Son of Jeff and Kelly Ellerbrock.
This year marked the 22nd Annual Master Showmanship Contest held at the Illinois State Fair. This year's contest was hosted by Illinois Farm Bureau and the RFD Radio Network. Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr. presented the awards. Congratulations to these outstanding young livestock exhibitors!