Changes made to Showdown
DONNELLSON — Several changes have been made to the annual Southeast Iowa Showdown this year to better serve and showcase area 4-H and FFA youth.
Previously held the last Sunday of the Des Moines County Fair, the Showdown showcased all the grand champion cattle, sheep and goats from county fairs in Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine and Washington counties.
But, the ninth annual Showdown will be held on a new date at a new location and has been expanded to include more youth, a new category and free clinics.
The 2013 Southeast Iowa Showdown is set for Aug. 3 at the Lee County Fairgrounds in Donnellson.
The changes allow the addition of a new category: market swine; and the addition of two new counties to the event: Jefferson and Johnson.
Plus, the new venue makes it possible to offer four free clinics available to all 4-H and FFA students from the eight counties.
Swine, goat, sheep and cattle clinics will be available. The clinics are designed to help youth hone in on their showmanship and grooming skills.
The swine clinic by Miles Toenyes and Shane Brinning is set for 8:30 a.m.
The goat clinic by Doug Glosser is set for 9:30 a.m.
The sheep clinic by Brent Titus is set for 10:30 a.m.
Following the 11:30 a.m. lunch break, the clinics will continue with the cattle clinic by Kirk Stierwalt at 12:30 p.m.
The Southeast Iowa Showdown show is set for 3:30 p.m.
All area youth are invited to attend the free clinics and the Showdown show to watch the champion steer, heifer, market lamb, ewe, market goat, breeding goat and market swine from eight counties go head-to-head as they compete for the 2013 Showdown Champion title.
Also new this year are five scholarship opportunities: four $500 scholarships for qualified junior and senior showman, and one $500 scholarship available to any senior that attends the clinics.
Organizers said the enhancements to the Showdown will allow the participation of more students, offer more rewards and continue to build on the quality skills of the 4-H and FFA students in southeast Iowa, plus the addition of the free clinics will help raise the bar of competition.
Many area businesses and supporters have banded together to offer a prize package for all participants in this year’s Showdown.
For more information, contact the Showdown Committee at email@example.com.