Barber wins it all at fair showman of showmen


Goat showman wins overall at county fair

By Andrea Chaffin - achaffin@civitasmedia.com



No hands, Mom! — Brooks Barber, center, who was later named the overall winner, smiles as his rabbit sits in place during the judging contest Friday night at the Madison County Fair. He shows rabbits and goats.


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All eyes were on the judge during the equine portion of the Overall Showman of Showmen contest Friday at the Madison County Fair.


Andrea Chaffin | The Madison Press

Rabbit Showman of Showmen Cheyenne Young lines up with a dairy cow during the Overall Showman of Showmen contest Friday at the Madison County Fair.


Andrea Chaffin | The Madison Press

Brooks Barber, 14, smiles as his fellow contestants congratulate him after he was awarded the Overall Showman of Showmen at the 2016 Madison County Fair on Friday.


Andrea Chaffin | The Madison Press

City slickers no more, the Barber Family is now part of the Madison County 4-H history books.

Brooks Barber, 14, was named the Overall Showman of Showmen at the 2016 Madison County Jr. Fair on Friday night. The Madison-Plains eighth-grader competed against seven of the other best showmen for the title.

Each of the contestants were required to show the rest of the animals, besides their own species: goat, sheep, swine, horse, beef, dairy, poultry and rabbit.

Barber, who qualified for the competition as the Goat Showman of Showmen, is in his fifth year of 4-H. He also shows rabbits — a talent he showed off during Friday’s competition as he coaxed a rabbit into sitting on the table with perfect form and then placed his hands behind his back.

“They’ll do it if you stay calm,” he explained.

He competed in the overall contest last year as the Rabbit Showman of Showmen, placing fourth of the eight contestants.

A first-generation 4-Her, Barber is the son of Amy and Richard. He added breeding goats to his repertoire this year. Barber attributed this year’s win to practice with all animals throughout the week.

“I’ve worked hard,” he said.

Showing the right personality also helps, he noted. It’s important to have good eye contact, smile and shake the judge’s hand.

Still, he was surprised with the win.

In the future, he’s considering working in the agriculture field.

His younger sister, Molly, 11, has also joined 4-H. They are both members of the Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club.

The competition included the following competitors and categories: Macy Burchett (beef), Olivia Finke (dairy), Alyson Petee (swine), Carson Clawson (poultry), Cheyenne Young (rabbit), Dalton Cunningham (sheep) and Lexi Rehm (equine).

No hands, Mom! — Brooks Barber, center, who was later named the overall winner, smiles as his rabbit sits in place during the judging contest Friday night at the Madison County Fair. He shows rabbits and goats.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/07/web1_showmanrabbit.jpgNo hands, Mom! — Brooks Barber, center, who was later named the overall winner, smiles as his rabbit sits in place during the judging contest Friday night at the Madison County Fair. He shows rabbits and goats. Andrea Chaffin | The Madison Press

All eyes were on the judge during the equine portion of the Overall Showman of Showmen contest Friday at the Madison County Fair.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/07/web1_equineshowman.jpgAll eyes were on the judge during the equine portion of the Overall Showman of Showmen contest Friday at the Madison County Fair. Andrea Chaffin | The Madison Press

Rabbit Showman of Showmen Cheyenne Young lines up with a dairy cow during the Overall Showman of Showmen contest Friday at the Madison County Fair.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/07/web1_jerseyshowman.jpgRabbit Showman of Showmen Cheyenne Young lines up with a dairy cow during the Overall Showman of Showmen contest Friday at the Madison County Fair. Andrea Chaffin | The Madison Press

Brooks Barber, 14, smiles as his fellow contestants congratulate him after he was awarded the Overall Showman of Showmen at the 2016 Madison County Fair on Friday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/07/web1_brookscongrats.jpgBrooks Barber, 14, smiles as his fellow contestants congratulate him after he was awarded the Overall Showman of Showmen at the 2016 Madison County Fair on Friday. Andrea Chaffin | The Madison Press
Goat showman wins overall at county fair

By Andrea Chaffin

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