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.
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.)
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 by 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.
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).
Congratulations to Luke Christians (right) of Watkins, who won first place in the pedal pull contest in the age 10 category at the Minnesota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Insurance Agency-sponsored pedal pull contest at Farmfest in Redwood Falls. Luke now has the opportunity to participate in the state pedal pull contest in Hutchinson Saturday, Sept. 7. Submitted photo.
Monday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m., mandatory meeting for parents of any student in grade 7-12 who plans to participate in activities at Kimball Area High School during the 2013-14 school year. There will be a general meeting for all parents, followed by separate meetings for each sport:
Monday, Aug. 12, 4 p.m.: Football grades 9-12
Monday, Aug. 12, 8 a.m.: Volleyball grades 9-12
Monday, Aug. 12, 8 a.m.: Cross country grades 7-12
Monday, Aug. 26, 3 p.m.: JH Football grades 7 and 8
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.: JH volleyball grades 7 and 8
Cubs’ Clothing may be ordered from now through Aug. 9 (for delivery Aug. 26). The next order will be Aug. 12-30 for delivery Sept. 16.
KAHS Activities Director is Bruce Holmseth at (320) 398-7700, ext. 311.
There will be a sports meeting for all parents of athletes in grades 7-12 at Eden Valley-Watkins High School at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the new high school gymnasium.
EV-W Activities Director is Dave Schneider at (320) 453-2900 ext. 1159.