Hild is supreme showman

On the final day of the 2014 Hamilton County Fair, four Hamilton County youths competed for the Supreme Showman honors. Tanner Hild of Webster City took home the traveling trophy as top showman.

The four youths represented the senior showmanship winners in eight different livestock shows held during the Hamilton County Fair. The number of competitors in this year’s contest was smaller but that’s because some of the exhibitors won the showmanship crown in multiple project areas.

The competitors – Hild, Whitney Holt, Zach Puls and Tannah Schroeder – had to demonstrate their knowledge of showmanship with horses, rabbits, swine, cattle, poultry, goats, lambs and dogs. They were given three minutes with each judge to answer questions and handle the animals as if they were showing them.

Hild was presented the traveling trophy – a tradition for the past 18 years – by last year’s supreme showman, Brittney Nicholson.

Hild also competed in the Central Iowa Showdown on Sunday morning in the show area.

The competition brought together champions from eight area counties to compete for top honors in market swine, market beef, breeding beef, commercial ewe and market lamb. Hild showed the Supreme Market Lamb.

Other winners in the showdown were Phoebe Sanders of Wright County with the supreme market swine, Calvin Stewart of Boone County with the supreme commercial ewe, Kait Larson of Humboldt County with the supreme market beef, and Babe Janes of Hardin County with the supreme breeding beef. Jon DeClerck of Iowa State University was the judge for the event.