NDSU Little I: Showmanship Goes On, Despite Weather

Nick Austin of Westhope, N.D., manager of the Little International 2013, run by North Dakota State University’s 300-member Saddle and Sirloin Club, is flanked by sheep showmanship competition. The photo was taken Jan. 9, on the second and final day of the event.

Nick Austin is manager of the 87th Little International  – one of the prestigious responsibilities at North Dakota State University on behalf of the Saddle and Sirloin Club. The over 300-member club manages the biggest student-run event on campus.

Austin, a senior crop and weed sciences major from Westhope, N.D., about 60 miles north and east of Minot, N.D., hopes to graduate and work in his home area in agronomy consulting. He was on-board at Shepperd Arena as Saturday morning Little I events. The 2013 Little I has had pretty good crowds, he says, despite a snowstorm expected late Saturday night and into Sunday, threatening to dump 6 inches to 10 inches of snow in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

“Normally the night show is better-attended than the morning show” on Saturday, but “it’s really filled in pretty nice for the morning show,” he says. Austin hopes the weather holds off for Saturday evening, and says no schedule changes were expected. The honors banquet was held Friday night, honoring Lyle Warner of Baldwin, N.D., a agricultural educator at Bismarck State College, formerly at North Dakota State College of Science. The showman competition will be awarded tonight. Then it’s dancin’ in the chips – the wood chips in the livestock arena.