How many other states bring their legislators to their State Fair to show cattle? Not many besides South Dakota, I would venture to say.
Check out the following news release from the state Department of Agriculture about one of this year’s novelties at the State Fair, which runs Sept. 1-5 in Huron. Also, see below for a video with some highlights from the 2010 fair.
Legislators to Show Cattle at State Fair
PIERRE, S.D. – Around 20 of South Dakota’s legislators will try their hand at showing beef cattle at this year’s South Dakota State Fair.
The 3rd annual Legislative Showmanship Competition – a friendly showmanship competition among state legislators – pairs legislators with a youth livestock exhibitor from their district. The youth partner “fits” the animal, prepares it for competition and offers the legislator a crash course in livestock showmanship. The legislator then shows the animal in the show ring.
The top legislative showman will receive a gold belt buckle sponsored by First Dakota National Bank and have their name engraved on the “Legislative Showmanship Champion” traveling trophy (won by Rep. Charles Hoffman in 2010), which will be presented on the Grandstand stage before the evening’s performance by Ronnie Dunn. The winning youth partner will also receive a prize.
“This friendly competition is a great way for the legislators to understand the hard work that our youth put into showing livestock at the State Fair,” Walt Bones, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture said. “It also gives the legislators some bragging rights among their fellow colleagues.”
The Legislative Showmanship Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 3 in the 4-H Livestock Complex. The competition is a joint project between 4-H, FFA and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating nearly $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 143,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or follow us on Facebook.