Tate George proved that hard work and perseverance pays off as he claimed the Supreme Showmanship award Thursday night in the Show Arena at the Clinton County & 4-H Fair.
George, who will be a sophomore at Rossville High School this fall, said this meant a lot to him.
“Everything we’ve done in the barn this year. I’ve tried showing horse species this year and I’ve been out in the barn from early as 5 o’clock and gettin’ in at 1 a.m.” said George. “I mean we’ve worked with everything and just tried to do the best we could do and work on everything. We improved from last year getting beat and we just kept moving forward and tried our best.”
George also credited Dale Griffin, his agriculture teacher at Rossville, for his success.
“He has been one of the biggest impacts on my life,” said George. “He has helped me through everything through livestock, through 4-H and through FFA. He’s just helped me improve everything in my life.”
The Supreme Showmanship competition is an event where the winners from the pig, sheep, cattle, goat and horse competitions all come together in one event to test their knowledge on all five species. George bested Hannah McFauls, Cordon Selke, Ally Webster and Mallory Woods in the final.
The event was televised on WILO-TV.