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Watnicks shine at Stearns County Fair

The Watnicks 4-H Club had a successful year at the Stearns County Fair which took place July 31-Aug. 4. After months of hard work and preparation, six members of the club earned themselves a trip, with livestock, to the Minnesota State Fair. Kelsey Libbesmeier, Lauren Libbesmeier, Mitchell Molitor, Mandy Molitor, Tyler Dockendorf and Brad Dockendorf will all be representing Watnicks 4-H Club of Stearns County at the Minnesota State Fair.

Kelsey Libbesmeier was the Grand Champion in the State Fair Lineup with her 3-year old Holstein cow Ridley. She also won overall Grand Champion for Dairy. Lauren Libbesmeier took fifth in the State Fair lineup with her 2-year old Holstein cow Bleu and received Reserve Champion Showmanship for dairy in the senior showmanship class. Mitchell Molitor was champion of the lightweight and heavyweight market lamb classes. He won overall Grand Champion of all market lambs and won overall Reserve Champion with his breeding ewe. Mandy Molitor won champion of the medium weight market lamb class. She won  overall Grand Champion Breeding Ewe and won Grand Champion Showmanship for sheep in the Intermediate Showmanship Class. Mandy also won blue ribbons with all three of her dairy heifers. Tyler Dockendorf earned a blue ribbon with his heavyweight market lamb and a blue ribbon with his Production White Egg Layer Chickens. Brad Dockendorf earned a blue ribbon with his breeding ewe and a blue ribbon with his Production White Egg Layer Chickens. Morgan Steffens showed dairy and received a red ribbon with her Winter Holstein calf.

Several members earned themselves the opportunity to be on the Blue Ribbon Auction and would like to say thank you to all the local businesses who continue to support them year after year on their 4-H projects.

After five days of getting up early, staying up late, working non-stop with their animals, preparing for show time, volunteering at various activities and spending time with all their friends at the fair, the members of the club are very excited for the Minnesota State Fair competitions, and are already talking about the 2014 Stearns County Fair.