Rep. Bourne Enters the Show Ring at State Fair

Rep. Bourne with her junior, livestock exhibitor Keegan Cassady (left).
Springfield, IL… State Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) joined fellow legislators and some Illinois celebrities last Friday at the Director's Invitational Celebrity Beef Showmanship Contest. The event was a collaboration between the Illinois Junior Beef Association and the Illinois State Fair to celebrate the state's beef industry and the culmination of the show season.

Rep. Bourne was paired with an expert junior livestock exhibitor named Keegan Cassady to learn the tricks of the trade. After brief coaching, the contestants led their cattle into the show ring and were quizzed on their knowledge of Illinois beef. Judges included: Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois Beef Association President Mike Martz and Dr. Doug Parrett of the University of Illinois.

The event came to a close after the judges selected Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder as champion, though all contestants received a trophy and official photo.

Other competitors included: State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, Sen. Sam McCann, Rep. Katherine Cloonen, Rep. Tim Butler, WICS News Channel 20 reporter Lindsey Hess, and WUIS statehouse bureau chief Amanda Vinicky.