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SPARKY: Mason Meyer, 15, readies his animal, Sparky, for the competition Monday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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BEEF SHOW: Mahayla Krom, left, waits as the results of Beef Show’s Intermediate Showmanship competition are announced Monday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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JUDGE: Josh Streitmatter, in the green shirt, judges one of the showmanship rounds Monday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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WAITING: Mason Meyer, 15, left, awaits the judge’s results Monday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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SHOW: Katie Hudson, right, leads her animal into the Show Arena on Monday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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SHOWMANSHIP: Contestants await the results of the showmanship competition at the Beef Show on Monday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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ROYALTY: The Wabash County 4-H Fair court await the results of the competition to hand out awards Monday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.
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SELFIE: Maddox Marshall, 11, right, poses as his mom takes a selfie of them with his bull, Bert, onMonday at the Wabash County 4-H Fair.

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

 It was just before noon Monday at the Show Arena at the Wabash County 4-H Fairgrounds, and judge Josh Streitmatter had a champion and reserve winner to select.

Streitmatter was judging Class 43 of the Beef Show, which was for Senior Showmanship.

“I asked one question that just resembled what showmanship is for me,” he said into the microphone, as the four contestants and their bovine companions waited. “I asked them, ‘What would you change about your animal? How would you as a showman try to change that?’ I got some very intelligent answers. I appreciate that.”

As Streitmatter made his way through the Intermediate and Junior Showmanship rounds, he emphasized safety by encouraging contestants to keep the heads of their animals up, settle their feet and slow down.

“It’s about getting their cow presented to the best of their ability and knowing the flaws and benefits of their animal and showing that to me as a judge,” he said.

The fair continues Tuesday with 4-H for a Cause Day, during which attendees are encouraged to wear apparel to support research for cancer, autism, heart disease or any other research cause.

At 8 a.m., the Goat Showmanship, Dairy Goat Show and Mini Goat Show are scheduled in the Show Arena.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a blood drive in the Bruce Ingraham Community Building.

At 12:30 p.m., the Pygmy Goat Show will take place in the Show Arena.

From 3 to 5 p.m., there will be Fun with Games.

At 6 p.m., the Sheep and Mini Sheep Show will take place in the Show Arena.

At 7 p.m., there will be a Sand Volleyball Tourney at the Horse Arena.

At 10 p.m., there will be a Moon Walk (Glow Walk/Run) at the Maxine Howard Pavilion.