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June 15, 2013

Preparing for the future

Showing animals at the fair is about more than just ribbons

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ELDON —

Stuaan grew up around livestock and actually met his wife while showing sheep. They both showed at the Wapello County Fair, so this weekend was like coming home. Having been on the opposite side of the show ring, he's very specific about what the show should provide.

"We want to make it both fun and educational," Stuaan said. "These are the things they would do in the industry, like a farmer would."

He'll also talk with each competitor, letting them know what he sees as judging.

"It could be a lot of things. If they need some work on showmanship, I'll mention that to them," he said. "I'll tell them why they're where they are in the lineup. Anything to give them some experience."

And that experience is what will drive these young showmen to be the future of the livestock industry.

"They have to stay active, that's the most important thing," Stuaan stressed. "Right now, their show career is all in their parents hands. But the future depends on them."

 

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