Hoehne takes the prize

After a two hour show and a week of competition, local 4-H members determined the Showman of Showman Thursday, the highest honor related to showing animals awarded at the Auglaize County Fair.

Deion Hoehne, 16, of New Bremen, said he had no idea he was going to win the competition. Showing steers, he said, was especially part, because his didn’t want to stop moving. The rabbits and goats, he said, were his strengths.

Hoehne had already won the sheep competition, and he was competing against the top tier of winners in each category, including Shelby Timmerman, from the horse category; Mitchel Heidt, from the swine category; Brandon Turner, beef winner; Cody Paul, dairy winner; Courtney Koehler, goat winner; Jacob Nowicki, poultry winner; and Molly Paul, rabbit winner.

Kyle Brown, organizer of the showmanship sweepstakes, said the judges are unpaid people from the fair who are experts in the animal they judge, and the animals are on loan from their owners.

The showmen walk in having never met the animal they lead around the ring, and in some cases having never shown the animal before, Brown said.

For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 1 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.