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The best of the best showdown at fair

On Friday, the best exhibitors of the week came together for the Showman of Showmen contest.

Each exhibitor was required to test their knowledge on steer, lambs, hogs, goats, chickens and rabbits.

There were five senior showmen and seven juniors.

This year’s senior winner, Kelsey Huddle, was no stranger to the winner’s circle. The 17-year-old from Ironton took home the senior lamb showman trophy on Tuesday. She also won the Showman of Showmen in 2008.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Kelsey said.

She said that the rabbits and chickens were the most difficult to show.

“I’m used to getting dirty with the bigger animals,” she said. “The smaller ones bite and scratch you.”

Her father, Dave Huddle, was beaming with pride.

“We give glory to the Lord. He made her what she is.”

The junior winner was a newcomer this year.

Kimberly Schmidt, of Kitts Hill, won the fancy poultry showmanship award on Monday. This was the 12-year-old’s first time showing any animal.

After her victory at the Showman of Showmen contest she said, “I feel pretty excited. I didn’t expect to win.”

Kimberly also said that Kelsey Huddle mentored her.

“She helped me learn about the sheep. She was really nice.”

Kimberly is a member of the Side Kicks 4-H club.

The junior and senior winners both got a belt buckle and a trophy. The junior winner received a $25 prize and the senior a $50 prize.

Both Kimberly and Kelsey plan on returning next year to defend their titles.