Rock County Fair

Judge Kent Thiesse inspects the class of market calves Friday morning, July 28, at the Rock County Fair. Exhibitors include Justine Mente, Tommy Norman, Austin Ossefoort, Grace Sandbulte and Claire Popkes.
The 2017 Rock County Fair featured more events than previous years, and that combined with warm summer days helped the Rock County Ag Society’s efforts to renew people’s interest in the decades-old event. “The weather impacted the attendance to make it the best fair attendance we have ever had...
Grand and reserve grand champion winners in the Rock County Fair Open Class competition on hand for a photo Friday afternoon include (front, from left) Coy Thone, Coulter Thone, Andrew Luitgens, Maria Rops, (middle row) Stacey Thone, Wilma Van Der Linden, Mandie Petersen, Lori Witte, Linda Brady, Marge Baker, Shirley Connor, (back) Betty Leuthold, Barb Sandbulte, Eric Fick, Carol Goehle, Marcia Essman and Dorral Kramer Guzman.
Following are the results reported for Open Class competition at the 2017 Rock County Fair: Floral: •Best of Show, Eileen Hemme; Reserve Best of Show, Shirley Connor. •Champions of Subdivisions: Eileen Hemme (2), Marge Baker, Owen Sudenga, Shirley Connor, Lynette Jauert. •Reserve Champions of...
Rock County Extension Service summer intern Gabryelle Gilliam helped organize an event for this year’s fair called “Mark That Card,” which allows the public to compare the judge’s placings in four different species, including beef. The contest starts Thursday, July 27.
Fair-goers can compare judging skills alongside Rock County 4-H’ers next week as the general livestock team practices for the upcoming Minnesota State Fair competition. Today, Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28, prior to the swine, sheep, goat and beef shows, participants can view the...
The AgStar Fund for Rural America has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Rock County Fair in Luverne for upgrades to its livestock wash rack. Pictured July 28 near the grandstands are Pat Barnette of AgStar (left) and Rock County Fair Board Secretary Lee Sells. The upgrades to the livestock wash rack...
Poultry returned to the 2016 Rock County Fair last week after last year’s outbreak of a deadly avian influenza forced state animal health officials to ban all poultry exhibitions in 2015. Locally the number of poultry pens brought to the fair neared 2014 levels.
Chickens, ducks and turkeys made their return to last week’s Rock County Fair. After a year hiatus to halt the statewide spread of a deadly avian influenza virus, the local poultry show went forward as if the May 15, 2015, ban didn’t happen. “I think we had a good show,” said poultry superintendent...
Sawyer Sasker pauses for the camera Thursday morning as he exercises his horse. The horse show was Friday and Saturday at the Rock County Fairgrounds in Luverne.
The 2016 version of the Rock County Free Fair will go down in history as enjoying the best weather ever. Cool dry temperatures prevailed during all four days of th fair, and events and activities enjoyed record attendance.
Open Class Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion winners from the 2016 Rock County Fair are (front, from left) Nancy Walgrave, Katie Walgrave, Greg Burger, Barb Sandbulte, Bev Rickenbaugh, Maria Rops, Kyle Ferguson, (back) Linda Wenzel, Eric Fick, Marcia Essman, Karon Nagel, Evan Prekker, Andrew Prekker, Megan Sauer and Julia Ferguson. (Not all winners were present for the photograph.)
Following are the results reported for Open Class competition at the 2016 Rock County Fair: •Field Crops: champion, Eric Fick; reserve, Eric Fick. •Vegetables and Fruits: champion, Chloe Schoeneman; reserve, Loren Forrest. •Sewing: champion, Megan Sauer; reserve, Connie Bergman. •Crocheting,...
Rock County 4-H’ers and parents gather in the exhibit building Monday afternoon at the fairgrounds in Luverne for the first of two entry days for general non-perishable projects. Entry day for perishable projects was Wednesday.  
Meaghan Hansen (left) and her sister, Madison, clean display cases at the Ida Reverts Memorial Hall last week in preparation for the opening of the Rock County Fair. Barb Kraft (far right) works on the open class entry software. The fair begins Wednesday evening, July 27, with the 4-H poultry and rabbit shows.
Officials at next week’s Rock County Fair want a record number of exhibits to fill the open class divisions. Anyone from toddlers to senior citizens can enter items in 21 separate classes that award ribbons and small premiums to those who participate. “It’s fun,” said 9-year-old Madison Hansen, who...

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