One of the three judges summed up this year’s Supreme Showmanship in one word: "Wow!” He was right... this competition was tough. It was full of experienced and knowledgeable showman, which means this year’s winner, Morgan Tomson, should feel especially proud after being named the top showman at the Indiana State Fair.
“It feels awesome,” said Tomson. “I did [Supreme Showmanship] last year and didn’t win, so it feels great to come back and achieve what I couldn’t before, especially because this is my last year in 4-H.”
This competition is a true test of a showman’s skill because the contest makes each species champion and reserve champion showman show swine, beef and sheep supplied by Purdue University. This can be challenging since not all the showmen have experience showing each species. Tompson, who doesn’t show sheep, went into the competition feeling confident about all species because she has won a similar event in her home county of Decatur.
The 10-year 4-H member will attend Purdue University next year where she plans to major in Agriculture Science and Agriculture Sciences.
All 4-H’ers dream of ending their livestock careers in such a way and Tomson's hard work paid off. Other 4-H’ers who competed against her should also leave with their heads held high because it is an honor and a true testament to be involved in Supreme Showmanship.
Supreme Showmen Competitors:
Joel Flanders – Hamilton County
Clay Kincaid – Henry County
Adrianne Trennepohl – Henry County
Morgan Tomson – Decatur County
Jackson Johnson – Huntington County
Kyle Garringer – Jay County
Swine – Joe Grinstead
Sheep – Taylor Plank
Beef – Hudson Badskey