Following a successful 2005 season, the Fort Hays State University Livestock Judging Team has been invited to compete in the 2006 International Livestock Judging Tour in mid-June.
"In 2005, the FHSU team competed in many respectable contests throughout the United States, including the National Contest in Louisville, the Purdue Stockman Contest, the Premier Stockman in Frankfort, IN, the American Royal and the Mid-America Classic in Wichita," said Kolby Burch, FHSU livestock judging coach. "But nothing could prepare the team for what they will experience in Europe."
The team will travel to Scotland, England, Belgium and France on a 13-day tour and will compete in the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland. They will tour Paris and London, take the Eurostar train under the English Channel, float down the Rhein River in Germany and stay with farm families in Belgium.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural opportunity," said Burch. "We hosted a group of agriculturalists from the U.K. in the fall of 2004, and as a token of appreciation, they invited us to visit them in Europe."
In an effort to help offset the cost of the trip, the team is conducting a 4-wheeler sweepstakes. The bike is a 2006 Arctic Cat V.P. 400 4x4 Automatic, worth $5,299, and was provided at reduced cost by Gottschalk Equipment. The second-place prize is a hand-made denim quilt.
There is a $10 suggested donation for the sweepstakes, and you do not have to purchase in order to win. Tickets are available from Gottschalk Equipment, any livestock judging team member or Burch. The drawing will be April 24, and tickets may be acquired up to that date. Inquiries may be made by calling Burch at 628-5880.
Team members who will travel to Europe are Roy Webb, Callihan, CO, freshman, Lacey Shapland, Dighton sophomore, Alex Miller, Onaga junior and Blake Denton, West Point, NE, junior.