Iowa Youth Compete in Skill-a-thons at Iowa State Fair

Youth from across the state competed in swine, sheep and goat events

Skill-a-thon participants at Iowa State FairAMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach held three skill-a-thons at the Iowa State Fair this year, with 231 youth from 51 Iowa counties participating. Skill-a-thons were held for goat, sheep and swine.

Each skill-a-thon team was comprised of three individuals and included five stations where youth worked together to solve problems and identify goat, swine or sheep production components. Participants identified feed samples, breeds, meat cuts and equipment while also answering questions about pedigrees, nutrients, quality assurance and equipment uses.

Amy Powell, animal science program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, developed and coordinated the events.

Skill-a-thon winners


  1. Tielyr Clabaugh (Webster County), Ava Larson (Webster County) and Jacob Sterle (Story County)
  2. Marta Grant (Jackson County), Hayden Fox (Wright County) and Sophia Weaver (Howard County)
  3. Dayton, Davin and Dalayna Brugman (Clay County)
  4. Jackson Sterle, Ava Henningsen and Ashley Kahler (Story County)
  5. Andre Dornbier, Brielle Smeby and Dalton Konz (Hancock County)

All participants received a skill-a-thon t-shirt provided by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and contest awards were provided by Merck Animal Health. Both organizations provided volunteers to staff the contest, as did the Iowa State Block and Bridle club.


  1. Will and Justin Rupnow and Lexie Berry (Sac County)
  2. Sierra and Sadie Fastert (Lyon County) and Emma Zwart (Sioux County)
  3. Chandler and Ella Jahner (Marion County) and Jake Hlas (Tama County)
  4. Jackson and Jake Sterle and Ashley Kahler (Story County)
  5. Lily Skartuedt (Hamilton County), Jack McKinnery (Story County) and Kade Faga (Story County)

The sheep skill-a-thon was sponsored by Permier Sheep Equipment.


  1. Kaylie Fetters (Warren County), Ema Turnbull (Warren County) and Shelby Dooley (Wayne County)
  2. Ashley Kahler, Jake and Jackson Sterle (Story County)
  3. Pearl Jones, Morgan and Charlie Mineart (Madison County)
  4. Taylor Decious, Elsa and Chandler Jahner (Marion County)
  5. Adam and Audrey Smith (VanBuren County) and Anna Beckman (Henry County)

*Three-way tie for third was broken on breed identification scores

The goat skill-a-thon was sponsored by Premier Sheep Equipment.