North Dakota’s Top 4-H Showman Team Up with State Leaders at North Dakota State Fair
Bismarck, ND — In a bit of a role reversal, 24 North Dakota leaders had the opportunity to try their hand at 4-H livestock showmanship during the first-ever 4-H Leadership Showmanship Contest at the North Dakota State Fair last month.
Two dozen North Dakota 4-H’ers who won champion or reserve champion at the intermediate and senior level in showmanship for six livestock species at the State Fair earlier were paired with a North Dakota leader for the 4-H Leaders Showmanship Contest. The youth gave their leader tips on how to show a specific species of livestock as well as teach the leader the importance of the technique for showing the assigned livestock species.
Leigh Ann Skurupay, North Dakota State University Interim 4-H Department Chair, says the idea behind the event was to pair the leaders of today with the leaders of tomorrow.
Some of the state’s leaders who participated included Governor Doug Burgum, NDSU President Dean Bresciani, and a number of other legislators from across the state. Skurupay says it was neat to see both the state leaders and the 4-H getting out of their comfort zone.
Skurupay was the featured guest on Thursday’s R & J Agricultural Corner, which is heard weekdays at 3pm.