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Link Named Master Showman at Dane County Fair

MADISON, WIS. – The Dane County Fair youth showmanship contests ended on Sunday, July 22, with Grace Link of Stoughton being named the 2018 Master Showman. Featuring the top senior showmen in five species – beef, dairy, dairy goats, sheep and swine – the five participants were evaluated on their performance and knowledge of each animal.

Link earned her new title after being named the champion senior showman of the beef show. She is the daughter of Jim and Linda Link and is a member of the Triangle Troopers 4-H Club. Receiving Reserve Champion Master Showman honors was the top senior dairy showman and member of the Mudsliders 4-H Club, Joseph Opsal of Blue Mounds, son of Troy Opsal and Jane Sarbacker.

Other participants included Avery Spilde of the Triangle Troopers 4-H Club, Shelby Veum of Stoughton FFA, both of Stoughton, and Hailey Raymond, a member of the Belleville Busy Beavers from New Glarus. Each participant received a cash award, sponsored by Mark Boyke of Boehringer Ingelheim.

First developed in 2011 by Kate Griswold, a long-time Dane County Fair exhibitor, the Master Showman contest at the Dane County Fair challenges the senior showmanship winners to learn about other livestock species and become well-rounded showmen. The program received its first funding through a J.C. Penny scholarship and has since become an annual tradition supported by the local community.

In the heart of Madison, the Dane County Fair is a “Country Fair with City Flair!” Home to free concerts, stunt shows, animals, a carnival and all the best fair foods, the Dane County Fair offers the best of both worlds. With a 168-year history, the Dane County Fair was once again held at the Alliant Energy Center, July 19-22, 2018. For more information, visit, or our Facebook and Twitter pages.