Iowa Youth Show the Best of the Best in 4-H Showmanship Competition

DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2014)(readMedia)-- Showmanship awards were given on Saturday and Sunday to the top 4-H exhibitors of beef, sheep, swine and meat goats at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Youth demonstrated their ability to present their livestock in the show ring and answered any questions the judge asked about their animals.

Outstanding exhibitors received purple ribbons, and top individuals were presented with belt buckles. The Showmanship contest is open to all 4-H exhibitors.

Complete results below:


Champion 5-6 Grade - Makayla Houck, Prescott

Reserve Champion 5-6 Grade - Colin Henzen-DeCap, Dixon

Champion 7-8 Grade - Chloe Van Vliet, Otley

Reserve Champion 7-8 Grade - Grace Greiman, Goodell

Champion 9-10 Grade - Gracie Danner, West Liberty

Reserve Champion 9-10 Grade - Cassidy Becker, Diagonal

Champion 11-12 Grade - Ben Weis, McIntire

Reserve Champion 11-12 Grade - Reed McCormick, Pleasantville


Champion First Year - Marshall Meyer, Marengo

Reserve Champion First Year - Justin Rupnow, Nemaha

Champion Intermediate - Nicole Zuber, Marengo

Reserve Champion Intermediate - Karlyn Snider, Rhodes

Champion Senior - Kylee Silliman, Fremont

Reserve Champion Senior - Lexie Berry, Sac City


Champion 5-6 Grade - Kylee Brown, Earlham

Reserve Champion 5-6 Grade - Dylan Cain, Chariton

Champion 7-8 Grade - Creigh Rourke, Iowa City

Reserve Champion 7-8 Grade - Jessica Frasher, Anamosa

Champion 9-12 Grade - Nick Bangert, Blue Grass

Reserve Champion 9-12 Grade - Kale Boysen, Morning Sun


Champion 5-6 Grade - Haley Sweeting, Riverside

Reserve Champion 5-6 Grade - Taylor Decious, Tracy

Champion 7-8 Grade - Pearl Jones, Saint Charles

Reserve Champion 7-8 Grade - Erin Patterson, Gilman

Champion 9-12 Grade - Danielle Hoenig, Keokuk

Reserve Champion 9-12 Grade - Clayton Scurr, Grinnell

Five Records Set at 2014 Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions

DES MOINES, IA (08/16/2014)(readMedia)-- With a final swing of the gavel, the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) raised $326,900 for the 16 exhibitors of 4-H and FFA Grand and Reserve Champions in the Sale of Champions Saturday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Five champion records were broken during the Sale.

The Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer set a new record of $36,500, selling for $6,500 more than the record price set in 2010. The Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog sold for a record $36,000, besting the previous record of $31,000 set in 2012. The Reserve Grand Champion FFA Market Hog sold for a record-breaking $50,000, besting the previous 2008 record by an impressive $24,000. The Grand Champion FFA Market Meat Goat sold for a record $10,600, $3,100 more than the record price set in 2012. The Grand Champion 4-H Market Broiler Pen also set a record at $7,600, besting the previous 2012 record of $7,000.

Participants in the Sale of Champions were asked to find hometown supporters to set a floor price for bidding. The purchaser in the auction paid the difference between the floor price and the final sale price. Each participant in the Sale takes home a check for 80 percent of the animal's sale price. The IFAA keeps 20 percent to fund the scholarship program and cover Sale expenses. In addition to their sale earnings, the exhibitors of the Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer, Grand Champion FFA Market Hog, Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb and Grand Champion 4-H Breeding Heifer earn the use of a new aluminum livestock trailer for one year courtesy of Featherlite, Inc., of Cresco.

When added with the $231,550 of scholarships and performance and carcass awards presented prior to the Sale, the IFAA bestowed $558,450 on young livestock and poultry exhibitors during the day's event. Since the inception of the Sale of Champions in 1988, the IFAA has given out more than $6.5 million through Sale proceeds and scholarships to deserving youth participating in agricultural-related projects and interested in agricultural-related careers.

Young Judges Compete in Iowa State Fair Competition

DES MOINES, IA (08/17/2014)(readMedia)-- 4-H and FFA judging teams and individuals from across the state competed in the Youth Livestock Judging competition Sunday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Complete results below:



1) CGMS (Cole Moeller, West Point, Gavin Banderhorst, Prairie City, Mitchell Harken, Pleasantville, Shae Lynn Becker, Keota)

2) Benton County (Brock County, no hometown given, Brady Ortner, no hometown given, Will Schmidt, Watkins, Isaac Wiley, Walker)

3) Hancock County #1 (Andrew Baumgard, Garner, Brielle Smeby, Klemme, Erik Goll, Garner, Jade Pringnitz, Garner)

4) Pencils (Blake Moeller, West Point, Tanner Henningsen, Ames, Tate Boysen, Columbus Junction, Jake Schlutz, Letts)

5) Hancock County #2 (Jace Pringnitz, Garner, Joe Pringnitz, Garner, Andrew Furst, Garner)


1) Washington County (Macy Marek, Riverside, McKenna Brinning, Keota, Jack Carter, Washington, Logan Sieren, Keota)

2) Muscatine (Grace Seaba, no hometown given, Sam Burmeister, Muscatine, Cori Bates, Muscatine, Alyssa Scholz, Muscatine)

3) Carroll Area FFA (Jacob Wallace, Carroll, Matt Dentlinger, Arcadia, Ben Dentlinger, no hometown given, Tucker Vonnahme, no hometown given)

4) Scott County 4-H (Taylor Duckett, New Liberty, Evan Dietz, Walcott, Dylan Golinghorst, Walcott)

5) Davis County FFA (Baxter Knapp, Bloomfield, Nick Prevo, Ottumwa, Sam Knapp, no hometown given)



1) Shae Lynn Becker, Keota

2) Leremy Jackson, Unionville

3) Jack Willemsen, Pella

4) Tate Boysen, Columbus Junction

5) Gavin Branderhorst, Prairie City

6) Isaac Wiley, Walker

7) Blake Moeller, West Point

8) Cole Moeller, West Point

9) Brock County, no hometown given

10) Jade Pringnitz, Garner

11) Andrew Baumgard, Garner

12) Karragan Whitman, Calamus

13) Jake Pringnitz, Garner

14) Kale Whitman, Calamus

15) Nick Deppe, Maquoketa

16) Kylee Brown, Earlham

17) Erik Goll, Garner

18) Brielle Smeby, Klemme

19) Andrew Furst, Garner

20) Quinton Schwager, no hometown given

21) Mitchell Harken, Pleasantville

22) Brady Ortner, no hometown given

23) Jackson Sterle, Roland

24) Joe Pringnitz, Garner

25) Samuel Lane, Mediapolis

26) Will Schmidt, Watkins

27) Erik Beckman, Danville

28) Tanner Henningsen, Ames

29) Miranda Peters, no hometown given

30) Jake Schlutz, Letts

31) Riley Bruns, Calamus

32) Lauren Sieren, Keota

33) Ashley Kahler, Cambridge

34) Bryce Greiner, Keota

35) Olivia Marek, Riverside

36) Roy Carter, Washington


1) Macy Marek, Riverside

2) Anna Brooks, Blue Grass

3) Dylan Golinghorst, Walcott

4) McKenna Brinning, Keota

5) Sam Burmeister, Muscatine

6) Corina Bates, Muscatine

7) Taylor Duckett, New Liberty

8) Ben Dentlinger, no hometown given

9) Grace Seaba, no hometown given

10) Logan Sieren, Keota

11) Nick Prevo, Ottumwa

12) Trenton Kemp, no hometown given

13) Connor Conrad, Hillsboro

14) Tucker Vonnahme, Carroll

15) Jacob Sterle, Roland

16) Matt Dentlinger, Arcadia

17) Michael Peters, no hometown given

18) Tyler Wellman, West Point

19) Baxter Knapp, Bloomfield

20) Andrew Dornbier, Garner

21) Sam Knapp, no hometown given

22) Dale Schlutz, Letts

23) Caleb Weddle, no hometown given

24) Burke Surkrow, no hometown given

25) Evan Dietz, Walcott

26) Jacob Wallace, Carroll

27) Andrew Peters, no hometown given

28) McKenzie Von Rentzell, no hometown given

29) Jack Carter, Washington

30) Maddy Schroeder, no hometown given

31) Alyssa Scholz, Muscatine

32) Eileen Clausen, no hometown given

33) Sam Peters, no hometown given

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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