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Cameron Hayden wins second Showmanship Sweepstakes

Published 5:23pm Sunday, August 4, 2013

CASSOPOLIS — Cassopolis FFA President Cameron Hayden carted home his second big Showmanship Sweepstakes trophy Saturday from the Cass County Fair.

Second went to Shelby Suseland, draft horses, with Brett Bowman, dairy, third.

Cameron dominated the beef ring again, showing the grand market steer for the fourth straight summer and winning showmanship to face off in the Showmanship Sweepstakes against his older brother, Rick, the swine representative.

“I’m competitive, but we support each other,” he said.

Cameron’s lowest score, fourth, came showing dairy.

Cameron’s name will join beef exhibitors on a big traveling trophy going back to future Niles dentist Ellen Wyant in 1981.

Cameron, son of Ron and ElAyne Hayden, won beef showmanship twice, most recently in 2011. He finished as reserve champion in 2012.

“This was my third year” making Showmanship Sweepstakes. “I think I was fourth last year,” representing swine after winning the summer before.

“This year I showed cattle, hogs and lambs” — the latter for the first time since he was a pee wee. It was something he and longtime friend Jeremiah Hartsell, who grew up at each other’s houses, could do together. Jeremiah exhibited the grand champion market hog.

“He stayed with (sheep) as I went more toward beef,” Cameron said. “I have three years left. I’ll be a senior (in high school), but my 4-H age is 16.”

Cameron has also been waiting to hear if an embryo research project he did for adviser Carrie George that went to the state FFA convention agri-science fair advances as one of 15 to nationals in Louisville in October.

“This was my first year doing a research project,” he said. “After high school, I plan on going up to Michigan State to major in ag communications or ag marketing. I like graphics and being able to be crafty, yet in the agriculture industry, which is my passion.”

Cameron is also an all-conference soccer player.

His recycling project, a tin-can eagle perched on a branch, garnered the Country Crew 4-H member a still exhibit Best of Show.

Auction proceeds go straight into his college fund after he tithes 10 percent to his church.

While selling 1,350 pounds for $3 a pound looks like an attractive payday, Cameron pointed out, “You also pay for the feed you put into it.”


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