MUSCATINE, Iowa–For the 12th year, Muscatine County 4-H and FFA members who completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school were eligible to participate in the Premier Livestock Exhibitor Contest, allowing them to demonstrate their knowledge of not only their animal project but also the livestock species overall. In a normal year, participants take a written test, compete in a skillathon, and complete an interview about their knowledge of beef, swine, and/or sheep. They also receive a score based on how well they did in either the Livestock Judging Contest held on Tuesday before the fair or on how well they did in the show ring with their animals.
This year, things changed a bit. The students got a score from their highest ribbon in the virtual fair show. The remainder of their points came from a essay that the students wrote answering many of the skill and interview questions asked in a typical year.
The following students placed in this year’s Premier Livestock Exhibitor Contest:
- 1st: Jake Draves
- 2nd: Alli Youngbaurer
- 3rd: Ava Daufelldt
- 1st: Ava Daufeldt
- 2nd: Jaide Schmelzer
- 3rd: Alexis Moeller
- 1st: Alexis Moeller
Muscatine’s FFA and 4-H leaders congratulate all of these winners. They also extend a special thank you to CBI Bank and Trust for their support of this contest.