KIMBALL -- The 21st annual Kimball FFA Alumni Progress Show took place over Father’s Day weekend.

Kimball FFA Alumni Member Amber Wilke said the goal of the Progress Show is to give the kids a practice show leading up to the County Fair. 

“This is more of a community service project for the alumni; we want to give back to those kids to give them an opportunity to do this,” Wilke said. “It’s truly a labor of love from all of us. All our families have showed livestock, so it’s just something that is super near and dear to our hearts to keep it going.” 

The Market Swine Grand Champion was Will Long and the Reserve Champion was Olivia Toth. The Market Sheep Grand Champion was Haylee Bruckner and the Reserve Champion was Kason Bowman. The Market Goat Grand and Reserve Champion was Dylan Wagner. The Market Steer Grand Champion was Callie Tharp and the Reserve Champion was Alexa Tollman. The Market Breeding Heifer Grand Champion was Tatum Deporter and the Reserve Champion was Tegan Deporter. 

The showmanship category is split up between senior, intermediate, and junior champions. 

The Showmanship Swine Champions were: Tayton Lucas (Grand Senior) and Georgia Killough (Reserve Senior); Trey Cook (Grand Intermediate) and Tehya Thompson (Reserve Intermediate); Trampas Carr (Grand Junior) and Gage Creech (Reserve Junior). 

The Showmanship Sheep Champions were: Baylie Booth (Grand Senior) and Haylee Buckner (Reserve Senior); Aiden Robinson (Grand Intermediate) and Molly McGuire (Reserve Intermediate); Kason Bowman (Grand Junior) and Koyer Bowman (Reserve Junior). 

The Showmanship Goat Champions were: Shelby Carr (Grand Senior) and Afton McIntosh (Reserve Senior); Dylan Wagner (Grand Intermediate) and Tehya Thompson (Reserve Intermediate); Tenley Becker (Grand Junior) and Teigan Derner (Reserve Junior). 

For Showmanship Steer Champions were: Macee Neu (Grand Senior) and Alexa Tollman (Reserve Senior); Trey Cook (Grand Intermediate) and Riley Stricker (Reserve Intermediate); Callie Tharp (Grand Junior) and Eli Case (Reserve Junior). 

Between the two days, there were 227 head of livestock and 155 showmen. 

Kellum Carnahan, a senior student at Northeastern Junior College, judged the showing. 

“He did a fantastic job,” Wilke said. “He had to sift through that many livestock and talk to every single kid in every single class. So, he made it a great show for us.”