A great Illinois State Fair

Local livestock entries take state honors in Springfield


Whether it was showing cattle, horses or participating in showmanship competition, it was another great Illinois State Fair for Edgar County participants.

Wolf Mound’s Girl on Fire, owned and showed by  Matt Moss of Wolf Mound Farm walked away with an armful of honors at the fair.

The yearling mare — nicknamed Katniss — took first place yearling mare in the Junior Show as well as first in her yearling mare Clydesdale class and champion mare in the Land of Lincoln Clydesdale class. By virtue of her selection as the Junior Show champion, Katniss competed for the overall championship and was selected reserve grand champion mare.

“She is raised and trained on ourfarm,” Moss said, acknowledging the help of his wife, Bridget, mother Roseann as well as RJ Britton and Tyler Blue who helped prepare the mare for the fair.

Mackenzie Burgin took reserve champion master showman honors in the state fair’s junior competition

Burgin was among 64 competitors who participated in the master showman event. Participants showed sheep, cattle and swine.

In addition to the overall reserve champion title, Burgin was selected as the top showman in the beef competition. She was also selected master showman of the Edgar County 4-H Fair.

Paris High School senior Tucker Marrs showed the fifth overall heifer in the Illinois State Fair Junior Show.

Lucy had previously won top heifer at the Georgetown FFA Educational Fair.

Marrs and Lucy will be competiting at the World Beef Expo at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Sept. 22-24.