Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


August 16, 2013

Decatur County resident wins big at state fair


Tomson’s senior showmanship win secured her a coveted spot in the supreme showmanship competition. She was up against five other competitors, two from each breed of showmanship – cattle, swine and sheep. Morgan said all of the other supreme showmen were extremely talented.

After she was declared the winner in the supreme competition, Morgan said she was, “Completely shocked. I didn’t know how to react and then I saw how happy my parents were. I looked over and saw my mom with tears in her eyes and just thought, ‘Oh, goodness.’ So that was really neat.”

While winning the supreme showman title was new to Morgan, she was no stranger to the Indiana State Fair, having competed there for all of her ten years in 4-H. Through her time in 4-H and showmanship wins at the county level, Morgan was able to compete in the Tom Swain showmanship contest at the Decatur County Fair, which gave her some experience with sheep and swine, though she wasn’t nearly as familiar with them as she is with cattle, the sheep even less so than the swine. Tomson said she will continue showing cattle for as long as possible, even though she is no longer in 4-H.

“My sisters still have quite a few years left and I can still show at junior shows until I’m 21. So that is something I will always pursue.”

Morgan said her experience in FFA and her Supervised Agricultural Experience, has had a massive impact on her showmanship. “In FFA, you learn a lot about your species and how to work well with that species, as well as a little about the others.”

Now that she has quite the collection of distinctive state honors with her FFA State Star Farmer and Indiana State Fair champion awards for senior and supreme showman, Tomson is optimistic about her future in the agriculture industry.

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