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Local 4-Hers fare well at State Fair

Emma Smith from Farmington won Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer at the State Fair and got to be on the State Fair Purple Ribbon Auction. She is 12 years old and is her first time that she was eligible to receive a 4-H state fair trip.

Several Farmington and Rosemount 4-H members had made successful trips to the Minnesota State Fair last month, with several bringing home top prizes.

The first show on Thursday, Aug. 22 was the poultry show. Daniel Berg showed market chickens and received a blue ribbon. At the Minnesota State Fair this year there were 265 4-H poultry exhibited which is an increase from the 254 poultry exhibited in 2012.

David Donnelly was the only 4-H member from the area to exhibit in the breeding heifer show. Donnelly exhibited a purebred Hereford junior yearling and won Champion Hereford Heifer.

Tiana Barrett showed a Crossbred February Gilt in the Feb. 23 swine show. She received a blue ribbon. Another 4-H member to exhibit was Andy Noble, who showed a Registered Spot Barrow and got a blue ribbon.

The market beef and dairy steers were also shown Aug. 23. Bret Otte showed a Registered Angus Steer and won Reserve Champion Black Angus Steer. This earned Otte a spot on the auction. John Donnelly received a blue ribbon for his Maine-Anjou Registered Steer. Emma Smith exhibited her Registered Shorthorn Steer and received Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer, which earned her a spot on the auction also. Lastly, Eric Otte showed a Purebred Dairy Steer. Otte was chosen as the Champion Dairy Steer Showperson in the senior division of Dairy Showmanship.

All are from the Farmington area.

Rosemount-area resident Allie Hawkins earned Champion Maine-Anjou Steer with her entry. She was then able to take part in the auction.

The goat show also took place Aug. 23. Rosemount resident Colin Terry earned a blue ribbon with his Senior Meat Breeding Doe. Alayna Brankley, also of Rosemount, showed an Alpine Senior Doe Kid at the Minnesota State Fair. Lastly, Rosemount's Steven Terry received a blue when he showed his Market Goat.

During the market lamb show Aug. 23 Emma Johnson earned a blue ribbon with her black-faced market lamb and Carl Johnson earned a blue ribbon with his commercial black face January ewe.

The dairy show was one of two to take place on Saturday, Aug. 24. One Dakota County 4-H member to show was Zachary Keesey. Keesey showed a Holstein Grade Winter Calf.

The second of the shows Aug. 24 was the rabbit show. Taylor Deplazes showed a Dutch Senior Doe. Deplazes was awarded a purple ribbon.

From Rosemount, Ellie Sprouls won Champion Dutch Rabbit wit hher Dutch senior buck. Jaxon Tidd won a blue ribbon with his mini rex senior doe and Ilse Johnson won blue with her Dutch senior buck. Robin Tidd showed a Holland lop junior doe and earned a purple ribbon.

All four of the rabbit exhibitors from Rosemount were interview finalists. Sprouls was an interview winner. Interviews are mandatory and test 4-Hers' knowledge about the species they are showing.

Dakota County has one of the biggest 4-H programs in Minnesota. This year alone, Dakota County had 72 4-Hers participating in the livestock encampment. Livestock was brought up to the state fair on Wednesday, Aug. 21, before the fair was open to the public.

Overall, Dakota County was well represented by the great 4-H members that attended the State Fair Livestock Encampment. For more information on 4-H in Dakota County, visit or contact 4-H extension staff by calling(651-480-7755.

4-H is a Youth Development Program that is offered to youth in kindergarten through one year after high school, in all 87 counties in Minnesota and has something for everyone. Some of the most popular project areas include photography, beef, crafts and fine arts, dairy, food and nutrition, swine, wood and metal shop, sheep, clothing and textiles, rabbit, and many more. Youth can participate in clubs, special-interest groups, after-school programs, volunteering, and community service. 4-Hers learn leadership, problem solving, and communication skills, so they do better in school, college, careers and their communities.