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Rep. Paula Hawks wins Legislative Beef Show

Posted: Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

District 9 Rep. Paula Hawks from Hartford was crowned champion of the fifth annual Legislative Beef Show during the 2013 South Dakota State Fair. She is shown with the rest of the legislators who took part in the program. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

District 9 Rep. Paula Hawks from Hartford was crowned Champion of the fifth annual Legislative Beef Show at the 2013 South Dakota State Fair.

 As a friendly showmanship competition among state legislators, the annual Legislative Beef Show has become part of the South Dakota State Fair tradition. This year, eight representatives and four senators were paired with 4-H youth livestock exhibitors from across the state.

Other legislators taking part included Sen. Larry Rhoden, Union Center; Sen. Jim White, Huron; Sen. Chuck Welke, Warner; Sen. Tim Begalka, Clear Lake; Rep. Burt Tulson, Lake Norden; Rep. Mary DuVall, Pierre; Rep. Dick Werner, Huron; Rep. Peggy Gibson, Huron; Rep. Charlie Hoffman, Eureka; Rep. Karen Soli, Sioux Falls; and Rep. Kathy Tyler, Big Stone City.

Rep. Hawks’ youth ‘coach’ was Mitch Prouty, son of Mark and Donna Prouty of Hamlin County. Hawks received a gold belt buckle and will have her name engraved on the “Legislative Showmanship Champion” traveling trophy (won by Sen. Shantel Krebs in 2012).

“This friendly competition is a great way for the legislators to understand the hard work that our youth put into showing livestock at the State Fair,” said Lucas Lentsch, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture. “It’s also a great way for our next generation to spend time with the policy makers of our state.”

Sponsored by First Dakota National Bank and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association, the competition is a joint project between 4-H, FFA, SDSU and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

The judges for this year’s event were Wayne Williamson of Yankton and Staci Wolf of Winner.

Agriculture is South Dakota’s No. 1 industry, generating more than $21 billion in annual economic activity and employing more than 122,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow.

For the complete article see the 09-11-2013 issue.

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