Huron County Fair Showman of Showmen

By Ellen Simmons

One of the highlights of each year's Huron County Junior Fair is the Showman of Showmen contest that displays the skills of the best showman in each of seven categories - swine, rabbits, turkey, beef, chickens, sheep, dairy and goats.

This year's competitors and their specialties were David Seidel, turkeys; Lauren Ott, beef; Greg Cornish, dairy beef; Tara Eisenhauer, sheep; Sarah Hunker, swine; Trisha Schoen, goats; Courtney Lund, dairy; Alicyn Fooce, rabbits; and Shaina Dean, poultry.

Judges Justin Martin, Jennifer Rettig, Carolyn Gittinger, Larry Lokai, Jim Weidenheft and Carolyn Sayler complimented each of the showmen on their skills, but when the dust settled only three took home a trophy.

In third place was Trisha Schoen, an 18-year-old sophomore at The Ohio State University who is studying to become an ag science education teacher.

Second place winner was Lauren Ott, a 17-year-old member of the Busy Needles 4-H Club who is a senior at Norwalk High School.

Sarah Hunker was named the 2014 Huron County Showman of Showmen. She is a 17-year-old senior at Bellevue High School where she belongs to the FFA, and she has participated in the fair for nine years and shows sheep, cattle and hogs. She wants to study animal science and ag business in the future.

"I was pretty shocked," she said, "because there were a lot of other good competitors." She said the hardest animal for her to show was the turkey. She laughed and added, "I was terrified because I was afraid he would bite me."

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