DANVILLE — The Hendricks County 4-H Fair has a new supreme showman — Devan Cox of Clay Township.
The Supreme Showmanship competition held each year pits the showmanship winners of each species — goats, sheep, beef, dairy, and horse/pony — against each other.
The other five competitors were Luke Stephenson, son of Chuck and Jane Stephenson, a 10-year member from Center Township; Zack Stout, son of Jeff and Maureen Stout, a nine-year member from Marion Township; Emily Tepe, daughter of Anthony and Denise Tepe, a six-year member from Union Township; Lacey Thomas, daughter of Dave and Debbie Thomas, a 10-year member from Marion Township; and Traci Smith, daughter of Laura Smith, a 10-year member from Marion Township.
Devan fulfilled a long-time goal in winning the big trophy. His sister, Jennifer Cox, won supreme showman in 2006, the first year it was held at the new fairgrounds. She surprised her little brother by showing up at the contest after driving all the way from Ames, Iowa, to see him compete.
“I wanted to surprise him,” she said. “It’s like a seven- or eight-hour drive so I was able to leave this morning and get here about an hour for the show.”
Devan, 17, a nine-year member, said he was shocked to see her.
“I had just texted her to ask if I could fly her back could she come,” he said. “She said no she couldn’t. Then I walked back to the barn and there she was.”
He said seeing her win the contest in 2006 gave him the goal to participate and go for the top title. This was the third year he was in the competition.
“My mood coming into tonight was good,” he said. “I just thought that whoever comes out and does the best will walk away the winner.”