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The first day of FFA showmanship kicks off at the Nebraska State Fair

Published: Sep. 5, 2021 at 5:42 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The first round of FFA shows kicked off on Sunday at the Nebraska State Fair, and there were hundreds of youth from all over Nebraska competing.

“Last year was a little odd year with Covid and things like that, so we’re a little more normal compared to our 2019 numbers,” said Ryan Hassebrook, the superintendent of the FFA shows at the Nebraska State Fair.

There were a total of 2,800 exhibits and more than 800 youth showing their projects this weekend including 15-year-old Jordyn Falkenstine from Franklin for the FFA Beef Showmanship and Breeding Show at the Five Points Bank Arena.

“I’m always excited to come to the state fair and it’s just a lot, get a lot of traffic from new people coming here wanting to look at your cattle and it’s just the atmosphere is so much fun to me,” Falkenstine said.

She’s been showing since she was seven years old and has been coming to the state fair for many years. On Sunday, she brought her brown heifer to show to the judges.

“I just got done with showmanship but she’s been everywhere, we’ve been showing her the past summer and she’s been doing pretty well there,” Falkenstine said.

15-year-old Kale Taubenhein was also at the beef show.

“It went pretty good. I was in the top 5. I got third,” Taubenhein told Local4 News.

He’s also been coming to the fair and doing shows since he was a little kid.

“Since I was probably like eight but my family we’re really involved in Ag and FFA,” Taubenhein said.

Falkenstine shows cattle to continue her family legacy.

“I really enjoy doing it and it’s just one of my favorite things to do and makes my parents proud and I like to think that I’m carrying on the legacy of what they worked so hard for,” Falkenstine said.

Tubenhein does it to continue on with the family tradition but he also does it for the people.

“It’s like getting to know people,” Taubenhein said. “There’s a lot of people here that I know that I wouldn’t know if I didn’t do it.”

The final round for FFA shows is Monday on the last day of the state fair.

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