Victoria Schappacher was named the 2018 Fayette County Showman of Showmen following the competition on Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Fayette County Fair.
The competition began at noon and continued throughout the afternoon hours until around 3:30 p.m. in the hog pavilion and sales arena with 13 exhibitors attempting to earn the top honor. The top showmen at the Fayette County Junior Fair from each animal show is represented in the Showman of Showmen competition. This includes dairy feeders, beef feeders, dogs, hogs, chickens, turkeys and more.
Schappacher — who is in her final year of 4-H — said she was incredibly honored to be able to participate in the county fair and to win the Showman of Showmen award. She said she is truly humbled and it was a great experience.
“Well first and foremost, thanks be to God, I mean He gave me this opportunity and I am grateful for that,” said Schappacher, who qualified for the Showman of Showmen competition by being named the overall dairy showman. “I think for me today was all about doing my best. I know in the past I always psyche myself out and it didn’t work out the way it should’ve. Last year I did a terrible job on an animal that I show and so honestly, the thing I have found out is that your biggest competitor is the one right inside of you. You have to find out how to do your best, because if you believe in yourself you can do anything, truly.”
Schappacher, who also served as a Fayette County Fair Queen Attendant during the week, said she had tough competition on Saturday as the top three were very close in score and the rest of the showmen were just behind them.
“I was up last night with some exhibitors practicing since I had won in my showman competition,” Schappacher said. “Even before I did win I was out helping other kids who had won. That is what it is all about….helping each other and helping them be the best version of themselves.”
Schappacher said she will be attending Southern State Community College for agricultural production, but ultimately what is next is still a mystery for her.
“Who knows, we will find out in the future,” Schappacher said. “I am going to college, so who knows after that, something definitely in agriculture. So we will pray about it and see what happens.”
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