The Beardown

​​The DMACC Beardown is an invitation-only regional showcase of the talent, devotion and effort on display by area 4H & FFA members.

Contestants earn this recognition by exhibiting animals selected as supreme champion in the Breeding or Market Divisions of the Beef, Goat, Sheep or Swine shows at their respective county fairs.

No more than eight deserving young people per county will earn the distinction of being eligible to participate and there’s no way to qualify without first being successful at the county level.

Counties involved in 2019​ are:

  • Calhoun
  • Dallas
  • Greene
  • Guthrie​
  • Jasper
  • Marshall
  • Polk
  • Story

Champions of The Beardown advance to compete in the All-Iowa Showdown against winners of similar events occurring statewide.