Following on the success of last year’s premiere, the second annual Best of the West showdown in Denison on Wednesday evening attracted more spectators. In addition to the full bleachers, others stood several persons deep around the show ring at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.
In addition to the reputation built on last year’s success, the showdown this year attracted more spectators because champions from two more counties were added, making a nine-county district.
Last year the Best of the West was for champions from Crawford, Carroll, Harrison, Ida, Monona, Sac and Shelby counties. This year Woodbury and Cass county champions were invited.
In the Best of the West, the champion market and breeding beef, sheep, swine and goats from those counties compete for honors and the chance to advance to the state contest.
Following is the list of winners from Wednesday’s showdown.
Grand Champion Breeding Gilt: Caden Johnson, Carroll County
Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt: Cale Niehaus, Sac County
Grand Champion Market Hog: Casey Benton, Woodbury County
Reserve Champion Market Hog: Claire Gross, Harrison County
Grand Champion Breeding Doe: Hailee Stonerook, Sac County
Reserve Champion Breeding Doe: Addison Obrecht, Shelby County
Grand Champion Market Goat: Makenna Potter, Cass County
Reserve Champion Market Goat: Hailee Stonerook, Sac County
Grand Champion Breeding Ewe: Walker McDermott, Cass County
Reserve Champion Breeding Ewe: Lexi Strachan, Woodbury County
Grand Champion Market Lamb: Hailee Stonerook, Sac County
Reserve Champion Market Lamb: Maddy Anderson, Cass County
Grand Champion Breeding Heifer: Kailey Pick, Crawford County
Reserve Champion Breeding Heifer: Jade Beeson, Woodbury County
Grand Champion Market Beef: Makia Smith, Crawford County
Reserve Champion Market Beef: Allyssa Obrecht, Shelby County
The grand champions from the Best of the West showdown will represent the district at the All-Iowa Showdown on Sunday, August 4, in Britt.
More about the Best of the West showdown can be found on Facebook.