From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, regional Grand Champions from around the state will convene at Clarke County Fairgrounds for the first ever All-Iowa Showdown.
“There’s only six animals going to be in each one of the spots ... 45 exhibitors,” said Organizer Tim Prunty, of Corydon. “It’s like the state finals.”
That might sound strange to those gearing up to go to the state fair, but people involved in raising and showing animals are keen to see who comes out on top. Unlike the Iowa State Fair, which allows anyone to enter, the All-Iowa Show is only open to the best of the best. Last weekend, county fair winners met in six regional competitions, including the South Central Iowa Showdown hosted by Wayne County.
“Participants from Warren, Marion, Davis, Appanoose, Wayne, Clarke, Monroe, Mahaska, Decatur, Lucas, Madison and Ringgold all competed,” said Tahra Bedwell of New Virginia, whose daughter came away from the South Central Iowa Showdown with a win for Grand Champion Market Goat.
“The South Central Iowa Showdown is a regional show that each exhibitor had to qualify for. In order to qualify, the exhibitors had to win Grand Champion at their local county fair, which Hanna did,” said Bedwell. “Winning the South Central Iowa Showdown qualified Hanna for the All-Iowa Showdown.”
Hanna is the daughter of Bedwell and her husband Don, of New Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia Boosters 4-H Club and will be an eighth grader at I-35 this fall.
“She plans to exhibit her goat at the Iowa State Fair later this month,” said her mom.
For now, Hanna — and exhibitors like her — will be pitting themselves against the top competitors in the state for the title of All-Iowa Champion.