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Contestants show out at Supreme Showmanship

While the 2020 Jasper County Fair was anything but normal, the final day wrapped up in usual fashion with the Brice Leonard Supreme Showmanship July 23.

From taped off bleachers showingwhere onlookers could sit to create good social distancing, signs of the time were in place but there were still plenty of people out seeing the hard work from the various 4-H and FFA exhibits as well as contestants showing animals.

“I think that now that we have kind of reached the end that we feel as though we have succeeded. We have gotten a lot of positive comments,” Jasper County Fair Board Member Alan Guy said.

Throughout the show, constestants were showing various animals including some they might have been less comfortable working with. They were judged on various aspects of how they worked the animal in order to declare a grand champion and reserve grand champion. The judging was under the direction of Brett and Hannah Johnson of Bloomfield.

“I think it is not only getting kids more well-rounded as livestock people but then just people in general. I mean stepping outside their comfort zone,” Brett Johnson said.

The points race to decide grand champion and reserve grand champion was extremely close with the different between the two being a single point. At the end of the competition Taylor Guy, who represented dairy, was selected as the grand champion.

“It feels really good. Like a lot of weight lifted all my shoulders. This is my third year doing it so really I tried to go after it this year ... It’s a great accomplishment,” Taylor Guy said.

With the grand champion selected, the reserve grand champion was announced as Lauren Zaabel, who represented beef. This was the first time for Zaabel to participate in the supreme showmanship and she came out to do her best and ended up with a second place finish.

“I’m only 16 and I can show until I’m 21. So that leaves me many more years to keep trying for this ,” Zaabel said.

There were plenty of smiles from constestants as they showed the various animals around the pavillion. While the Jasper County Fair is wrapped up for this year, everyone will be eagerly awaiting a hopeful return to normal next year with the many attractions to return.

“At this point we just appreciate everybody’s help and support and we look forward and will continue to plod along,” Alan Guy said.

Contact Dustin Teays at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or

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