Showtime: Osceola County 4H-FFA Fair hosts showmanship sweepstakes

Troy Todd, surrounded by small animal sweepstakes competitors Analiesse Fredin, Amber Eastman and Gabe Mosher, proudly holds his trophy after winning the 4-H-FFA sweepstakes for small animal showmanship. (Pioneer photo/Nick Vander Wulp).

Troy Todd, surrounded by small animal sweepstakes competitors Analiesse Fredin, Amber Eastman and Gabe Mosher, proudly holds his trophy after winning the 4-H-FFA sweepstakes for small animal showmanship. (Pioneer photo/Nick Vander Wulp).

EVART – Showmanship grand champions of large and small animals were brought together to compete and highlight their skills in the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fair sweepstakes Saturday.

Participants showing large animals showed goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, horses, steers, dairy cows, and swine of other kids participating. The kids showing small animals showed rabbits, chickens, turkeys, cavies.

In sweepstakes, kids who participate don’t show the animal they won grand champion with earlier in the week, but they learn from other kids on how to show animals they might not be familiar with.

Winning the large animal sweepstakes was Mariah McNeilly, of Barryton, after she sometimes struggled to keep the animals she was showing under control. She won grand champion for dairy cow showmanship, so she got to relax and watch the others show uncooperative cows.

Mariah McNeilly took home the prize trophy as the large animal showmanship sweepstakes winner. Competitors from left to right are Alexis Fehrenbach, Abbigail Lewis, Emma Borntreger, Jacob Booher, Jacob Boyd and Brooklyn Decker. (Pioneer photo/Nick Vander Wulp)

Mariah McNeilly took home the prize trophy as the large animal showmanship sweepstakes winner. Competitors from left to right are Alexis Fehrenbach, Abbigail Lewis, Mariah McNeilly, Emma Borntreger, Jacob Booher, Jacob Boyd and Brooklyn Decker. (Pioneer photo/Nick Vander Wulp)

“It feels really good because I’ve taken second place the last three years,” McNeilly said. “I’ve been showing five years total.”

The llamas and alpacas were the hardest to show, she said.

Troy Todd, of Reed City, won the sweepstakes for showing small animals. He said it was “pretty cool” to compete and win this year.

“I came in second place for cavy showmanship during the week, but the girl who won grand champion also won sweepstakes two years ago, so I got to compete,” said Todd. “I have chicken, rabbits and cavy for small animals. The new animal I showed this year was turkey. Mr. Eversole helped me learn how to show turkey.”

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