Area 4-H kids excel at state fair
The Hills Blue Ribbon 4-H Club represented the community well at the 2012 Minnesota State 4-H horse show Sept. 14-17. Club member Denise VanVeldhuizen (top), Inwood, won three ribbons and Thea Richards, Steen, won four. Richards won a seventh-place ribbon in showmanship, a sixth-place ribbon in western pleasure, a seventh-place ribbon in western horsemanship and a third-place finish in hunt seat equitation.

Fifty-six Rock County 4-H members traveled to St. Paul twice in August and September to participate in the 2012 Minnesota State Fair. 

Livestock participants spent five days at the fair (Aug. 22-26) and General project participants attended Labor Day weekend to participate in the Non-Livestock Encampment. 

Following are the select results of the Rock County 4-H entries at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair:

Paige Baker: blue, Heavyweight Black Face Market Lamb; participation, Market Lamb Senior Showmanship.

Riley Baker: purple, Market Lamb Intermediate Showmanship; blue, Middleweight Black Face Market Lamb.

Emilie Bartels: blue, Pet-Grades 6-8.

Jacob Baustian: blue, Speckle Face Market Lamb.

Kristen Baustian: blue, Heavyweight Black Face Market Lamb.

Tanner Baustian: blue, Heavyweight Black Face Market Lamb; participation, Market Lamb Intermediate Showmanship.

Trey Baustian: participation, Market Lamb Intermediate Showmanship; blue, Speckle Face Market Lamb. 

Blue Ribbon: red, Club Banner.

Erin Fick: red, Photography (conventional and digital)-Grade 9 plus.

Katie Fick: blue, Needle Arts-Grades 6-8.

•Hannah Glidewell: blue, Clothes you Make-Grades 6-8.

•Selah Glidewell: participation, Fashion Revue-Clothes You Make-Grades 6-8.

Autumn Hamann: blue, Netherland Dwarf-Senior Doe.

Jenae Hamann: blue, Home Environment-Grades 6-8.

Karissa Hamann: blue, Quilting-Grades 6-8.

Caitlin Hartman: blue, Citizenship-Grade 9 plus.

Makayla Huisman: red, Demonstration-Individual.

Casey Klosterbuer: participation, Dairy Judging; red, Crossbred and Other Breeds-Senior Yearling. 

Dawson Leenderts: blue, Corn-Grades 6-8.

Mitchell Leuthold: blue, Crossbred Steer. 

Morgan Lindemann: purple, Photography (conventional and digital)-Grades 6-8.

Ethan Marshall: blue, Aerospace– Grade 9 plus.

Nicholas Mueller: blue, Lawn and Landscape Design-Grade 9 plus.

Shane Mueller: Tractor- Grade 9 plus.

Lucas Nath: blue, Crossbred Steer; participation, Market Beef Senior Showmanship.

Olivia Richards: blue, Clothes You Buy-Grades 6-8.

Thea Richards: blue, Photography (conventional and digital)-Grades 6-8.

Micah Stensland-Bos: blue, Holstein-Grade-Winter Calf.

Nathan Stensland-Bos: red, Heavyweight Black Face Market Lamb; blue, Veterinary Science-Grade 9 plus.

Joanna Westphal: blue, Photography (conventional and digital)-Grade 9 plus.

McKenna Westphal: blue, Crafts-Grades 6-8.


Rock County also had participants on judging teams. Spencer Schacht participated on the Pipestone/Rock Consumer judging team, which placed second overall and third for reasons. Spencer was fourth overall individually and eighth individually for reasons. 

Five Rock County Dairy members participated in the Dairy Judging Contest. Kristoffer Severtson and Andrew Raak were part of the Pipestone/Rock intermediate team, which placed ninth overall. Andrea Severtson, Casey Klosterbuer and Matthew Raak participated on the Rock County senior team.












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