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Little Clover Costume Contest promotes real ring experience, creativity

Nashua, Iowa – Creativity, cleverness and uniqueness are three words to describe the exhibitors who displayed their show stock Sunday at the Big 4 Fair’s Little Clover Costume Contest.

North Iowa News’s Kellan Heavican was selected as this year’s celebrity judge and his decision came from a spin off of a fast food restaurant.


Erin Steege and her sister Ella dressed up their calf, Grizz, to promote beef consumption similar to Chik-Fil-A’s “Eat More Chicken.”

The contest is open to youth from kindergarten to third grade with the goal providing them the experience to develop a project, dress them up and show them in the ring according to fair officials.

Ella says it was scary at first because her calf bucked but called it “fun.”


Ten exhibitors turned their calves, goats and chickens into werewolves, cops, bull riders and princesses.

Erin says her experiences will jumpstart her showing career next year.


Fair officials say the event will return next year.


Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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