Tricounty News

4-H youth shine at 2013 Minnesota State Fair

Meeker County 4-H’ers demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the 4-H BuildingW-State-Fair-071

Minnesota 4-H’ers from 87 counties exhibited more than 2,800 projects that were judged in the 4-H Building at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. These 4-H’ers all placed high at their county fairs with their projects, thereby earning them the top honor of showing at the State Fair this year.

Education is integral in the “learn by doing” philosophy of 4-H. Though the projects shown at fairs during the summer get a lot of attention, 4-H is really about developing “purple ribbon kids” throughout the year. Participation in 4-H provides all 4-H youth with critical experiences and skills - such as communicating, problem solving, and decision making – which will serve them throughout their lives.

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Eden Valley Daze Pedal Tractor Pull results

The Valley Daze Pedal Tractor Pull competition was held Friday evening, Aug. 30, as it had to be canceled from the original
Valley Daze celebration because of severe weather.

Listed are first, second and third place winners by age category. There were 37 children participating in the event.

4 years old

1. Jennifer Gruenes-Eden ValleyW-IMG 0829

2. Braydon Molitor-Cold Spring

3. Aiden Larson-Eden Valley

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Meeker County 4-H Livestock at State Fair

St. Paul, MN (8/25/13) – Minnesota 4-H’ers from more than 83 counties arrived with more than 2,885 animals at the 2013 “Great Minnesota Get-Together” for this year’s 4-H livestock encampment held Thursday, Aug. 22 – Sunday, Aug. 25.W-Arnie-G

Meeker County exhibits:

• Beef: 605 exhibits (6 from Meeker Co.)

• Dairy: 469 exhibits (10 from Meeker Co.)

• Goats: 317 exhibits (6 from Meeker Co.)

• Poultry: 265 exhibits (4 from Meeker Co.)

• Rabbits: 314 exhibits (5 from Meeker Co.)

• Sheep: 358 exhibits (0 from Meeker Co.)

• Swine: 488 exhibits (1 from Meeker Co.)

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Fitting in at the Minnesota State Fair

Getting your animal ready for the fair is difficult. Tori Barka from the Valley Victor’s 4-H Club explained how to get her market heifer ready for the state fair. Tori explained fitting as “making your animal look the best it can with the use of adhesive’s and paint”. Tori prepared for the fair many months in advance by breaking it to lead, washing it, blowing it out, clipping it, and growing out the hair. On show day, Barka prepares her heifer W-Tori-Braka-Untitledby washing it out, feeding it, and fitting the animal. Some products that Tori uses are tail adhesive, laser sheer, white paint, black paint, and pink oil. Tori’s advice to future 4-H members “Be prepared to work hard to get a better, more desirable outcome,” When asked about a typical show day, Barka replied that showing is “exciting, nerve wracking and busy”. However, there is a lot more to showing cattle than just the showing itself.

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Meeker County Fair names 4-H Champions

The following are the names and placings of the 2013 Meeker County Fair 4-H Champions. Listed are the project title, the placing (GC=Grand Champion, RC=Reserve Champion), followed by individual’s name and club. In this issue we are listing only the Kimball Kruisers (KK), and Valley Victors (VV).

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