Ginna Climer was named the winner of the Showman of Showmen competition on Saturday at the Fayette County Junior Fair.
Competitors from departments such as horse, market steer, and even turkey made up this exclusive group of 13 Top Overall Showman. Each competitor was required during the show to visit each judge and show every respective animal. This means someone who normally shows several-hundred pound animals like steers or horses had to show rabbits and chickens, which could weigh less than 10 pounds.
Since each animal requires a different technique to properly and effectively show them, the showmen have spent the better parts of their fair week training with animals they are not used to showing. The process took several days as new showmanship class winners were announced.
The competition began with an introduction of the judges for the show. Each animal had its own judge on hand to total and score each exhibitor’s ability as each one completed showing the animal.
All of the exhibitors put forth a strong effort, meaning a point differential could have changed the entire top five line-up. The difference between fourth and fifth place this year according to officials at the show, was half of a point and the difference between first and second was three points.
“I have no idea how I feel,” Climer said after she was announced the winner. “It has not even sunk in yet that I won.”
Climer, the dairy breeding 2014 Overall Showman, was confident when she showed earlier in the week that she stood a fair chance at becoming the best showman for her animal species. What she did not think could happen was grabbing the victory in the Overall Showman of Showmen class.
“I still can’t believe it,” Climer said.