Spencer Walahoski of Overton wins Elite Showmanship

The Dawson County Elite Showmanship Contest took place following the completion of the 2022 County Fair livestock shows. Winning first place and a belt buckle was Spencer Walahoski, son of Jared and Kristine Walahoski of Overton. There is no Elite Showmanship Contest at the Nebraska State Fair.

Finishing in second place was Emma Peterson, daughter of Paul and Shannon Peterson of Gothenburg. Emma also received a belt buckle.

(From left to right) Gracie Schneider, Cozad; Emma Peterson, Gothenburg; Gage Schledewitz, Oconto; Spencer Walahoski, Overton; Eli Boryca, Cozad; Jacie Wolfinger, Lexington; Jaelin Wolfinger, Lexington; and Helene Keiser, Gothenburg; participated in the Elite Showmanship Contest at the 2022 Dawson County Fair. Photo credit: Nebraska Extension Dawson County

The top two Senior Showmanship contestants from the feeder calf, beef, sheep, and swine shows came together to determine an elite showman. All eight contestants took a livestock knowledge test and then had their showmanship skills with swine, sheep, and beef, evaluated by judge Holly Heckendorf, Agriculture Education major at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Contestants were: Helene Keiser, and Emma Peterson, all of Gothenburg; Spencer Walahoski, Overton; Jacie Wolfinger and Jaelin Wolfinger, Lexington; Eli Boryca and Gracie Schneider, Cozad; and Gage Schledewitz, Oconto.

(From left to right) Spencer Walahoski, Overton; and Emma Peterson, Gothenburg; were awarded belt buckles for winning the Elite Showmanship Contest at the Dawson County Fair. Walahoski won first place and Peterson took home the second-place honors. Photo credit: Nebraska Extension Dawson County.