Rep. Paula Hawks wins legislative beef show

Farm Forum

HURON – District 9 Rep. Paula Hawks from Hartford was crowned Champion of the 5th annual Legislative Beef Show at the 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.

· Senator Larry Rhoden, Union Center

· Senator Jim White, Huron

· Senator Chuck Welke, Warner

· Senator 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

· 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 Senator 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.