“She thought WOW, that is amazing to do for youth with special needs, I need to do it”- Jasper County, Iowa Miss United States Agriculture told her local newspaper. Codi Holdeman took it upon herself to make a livestock show for students with special needs to participate in. Holdeman had the the passion and excitement to hold this show and her local County Fair decided to partake in her excitement and allow her to hold it this year at the County Fair. Codi and help of other volunteers held the livestock show on July 20th and had a fantastic turn out for its first year! With excitement in their eyes everyone left the show ring that night with a heart full of love.

Codi’s was inspired when she saw a video shared on social media of youth with disabilities showing livestock around the nation. She thought to herself about how amazing it would be to bring that idea to her own county.

Jasper County, Iowa Miss United States Agriculture is Codi Holdeman. She grew up in rural Jasper County and has a long standing history with the Jasper County Fair. She was highly active in 4-H and even held the title of Jasper County Princess in 2017. As Miss Jasper County her platform is “Advocating for individuals with disabilities to become more active in Agriculture.” Her idea behind the Friendship Livestock show was to show her community her passion for Agriculture and special connection with those who have disabilities.

Codi wants to express her gratitude to all who helped make the livestock show a success. “It was truly a heartwarming evening for the youth, community, and myself. I can not wait to host this event next year to get more youth involved with the Friendship Livestock Show”- Codi Holdeman.

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