Round robin contest tests exhibitors’ skills in the show ring

Winners of the round robin contest at the 2017 Osage County Fair, with division judge Bill Disberger, left, are Royce Cowan, Morgan Woodbury, Madison Smitha, Ainsley Corwine, Bonnie Young, Tracy Wilk, Akaylee Prunty, Grace Croucher, Kinsley Garrison, Garrett Croucher, and back, round robin superintendent Sally Wilk and Josie Thompson, 4-H junior leader.

By Sally Wilk

The ultimate goal for many 4-H livestock exhibitors at the Osage County Fair each year is to qualify for the round robin contest. Each individual livestock show includes a showmanship contest. Winners of the intermediate and senior age divisions of each species’ showmanship contest qualify for the round robin. During the round robin, each showman must show animals from each of the divisions, horse, sheep, swine, goat, dairy, and beef, to determine the best overall showman of the fair.

To prepare for the round robin, 4-H’ers work together to learn how to show the animals they normally do not work with. By doing so, they learn to communicate with one another, meet other 4-H’ers and work together, as well as learn something new. Becoming a champion in round robin is truly a crowning achievement for a 4-Her.

Winners this year included Royce Cowan, senior dairy division winner; Morgan Woodbury, senior beef division winner; Madison Smitha, senior swine division winner; Ainsley Corwine, senior goat division winner; Bonnie Young, reserve grand champion senior division, senior horse division winner; Tracy Wilk, grand champion senior division, senior sheep division winner; Akaylee Prunty, grand champion intermediate division, intermediate sheep division winner; Grace Croucher, reserve grand champion intermediate division, intermediate beef division winner; Kinsley Garrison, intermediate swine division winner; Garrett Croucher, intermediate goat division winner.

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