INDIANAPOLIS — Wells County’s Jordan Sills came to win the
4-H Supreme Livestock Showmanship competition at the Indiana State Fair, and
that’s exactly what she did.
Sills beat out five other showmen to take home the title.
The nine-year 4-H member qualified for the competition by winning the beef
showmanship competition earlier in the fair.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” she said. “It’s something
I’ve always come to the Indiana State Fair for, and I’m thrilled to have
The competition is a true test of a showman’s skill. Each
competitor is asked to show unfamiliar swine, beef and sheep supplied by Purdue
University. This can be challenging since not all the showmen have experience
showing each species.
Showing beef and swine comes easy for Sills, as she shows
them both in 4-H, but she admits that she has difficulty with sheep, which is
why she stopped showing them in 4-H after one year. Still, she prepared for
today’s competition by working with local sheep farmers who helped her with her
Sills attributes her success to her family and 4-H, pointing
out that her interest in showmanship was sparked by her grandfather.
Here is a list of the showmen who competed:
* Jordan Sills, Wells County — Grand Champion Showman;
* Collin Tennant, Wabash County — Reserve Grand Champion Showman;
* Adrianna Trennepohl, Henry County;
* Paige Wininger, Montgomery County;
* Cameron Bennington, White County; and
* Mackenzie Padgett, Clinton County.