The Colorado State Fair, known for classic events like livestock and horse shows, is adding a new competition to its roster this year: the inaugural Colorado Master Showmanship Competition. The competition will give 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and versatility as they show five different livestock species and take a written exam demonstrating their industry knowledge of each species and overall agricultural expertise.
The new competition category is open only to entrants between the ages of eight and 18 who have won their county’s Master Showmanship class or equivalent to participate, which means the competition will be fierce. Participants will be asked to show a market steer, goat, lamb, hog, and horse as well as take a written exam. A Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Master Showman will be selected based on the highest combined scores of the live show classes and written exam. The Master Showman award winner will be announced on Saturday, September 4 at the fairgrounds.
“The Colorado State Fair is proud to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers and the youth competitions bring out Colorado’s most talented and promising young agriculturists,” said Scott Stoller, the General Manager of the Colorado State Fair.
After a pared down event in 2020, this year the Colorado State Fair returns as a favorite family destination. Families can purchase tickets online or at the box office to enjoy this year’s fair food, live music, carnival rides, and more. In addition to offering traditional fair fun for guests, the Colorado State Fair hosts more than 50 contests and hundreds of different competition and participation opportunities for young people. Fairgrounds admission grants guests access to all agricultural shows, including the Master Showmanship Competition.
The theme for this year’s State Fair is “All Roads Lead to the Colorado State Fair.” The event will take place August 27 through September 6, 2021. For more information, visit the website, Facebook or call 719-404-8484. For more information on how to enter the Master Showmanship competition, please visit the Livestock Market Shows page.