With a week that started off really hot, the day of competition felt a bit cooler. On Monday and Tuesday with the heat index over 90, it was a great time for the competitors and animals to rest and settle in. On Wednesday, the show day started with the breeding sheep and market lamb show. Juniors Timothy and Tobyn Bender had several lambs in the show. Tobyn showed his commercial speckle face ewe which earned a spot in the champion drive later in the day. Timothy and Tobyn received blue on all the lambs in the commercial ewe lamb show. They also did very well in the market lamb show as they received blue for both of their lambs in those classes. Timothy Bender also received blue for his production lamb that was able to gain .852# per day which was the highest in the show.
The horse show started at 10 am. In this show Junior Grace Belin demonstrated her skills in everything from horsemanship to speed around the barrels. Grace took home five trophies and several blue and purple ribbons. Grace and her horse Skittles ran the Texas barrels in 9.2 seconds, winning that event. Finally, Grace and her other horse Mac, competed in the egg and spoon contest. (pictured) In this event you ride the horse from a walk, to a trot, to a lope – all with an egg balancing on a spoon in your hand. She did well in this event, outlasting all her competitors.
Senior Michael Hershberger showed three of his Holstein calves in the dairy show. He has a junior calf, junior yearling, and a senior yearling. All the heifers received blue ribbons and moved on to the championship Holstein drive and one progressed to the supreme champion class. The calf did well but couldn’t beat out the cow in the class. Michael also competed in Master Showmanship class, winning the event with a banner and trophy.
Brent Brenneman brought four feeder steers to the fair. He fills out paper work and documents on feed and weights as they grow. He received a purple ribbon for his efforts and finds out today how he did amongst his competitors. Good Luck!
Congratulations to all our students in both 4H and FFA for working hard and exhibiting their projects at the fair. Best of luck to you as you move on to the Iowa State Fair. Our students will be there starting October 6th – the 17th. We will have sheep, horses and photography along with some horticulture and crop exhibits. Our FFA will also be hosting an agriculture demonstration near the FFA building on the state fair grounds. We are planning a demonstration on making and installing a raised garden bed. If you have any questions or if you would like to help, please call Karen Van De Walle at 319-360-0276.