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2017 Awards and Recognition Banquet

Herdsmanship winners from the 2017 Grant County Fair

Grant County 4-Hers and their families met on Sunday, October 15th at the Wendell Community Center to honor youth and adults for their contributions to the 4-H Program in the last year.  The nearly 90 attendees enjoyed a meal cooked by 4-Hers and coordinated by Redwood 4-H Club volunteer, Brent Floden.

Before presenting awards, each club provided an overview of the last year's events and highlights for the members. Club leaders and officers were also recognized at this time.

Membership pins were then awarded to recognize members' years in 4-H. Daryn Gisi, Allyson Coleman, and Ruth Holmes were also recognized as 2017 graduates from the 4-H program.

To transition into recognizing Regional and County Fair achievements, the group acknowledged Brielle, Jasmine, and Victoria Floden who each qualified for State in "Rally" and participated in "Obedience" and "Showmanship" at the Douglas County Regional Dog Show.

Participation certificates were awarded to the 41 members who brought 333 Static Exhibits and 44 unique animals to the Grant County Fair in July. Along with these certificates, members were presented with a small prize if they achieved at least one Grand Champion or Reserve Champion honor at the fair. The 12 Cloverbud participants who contributed 70 of the Static Exhibits and 5 of the animals were also awarded a Cloverbud certificate and prize bucket at this time.

All members who exhibit livestock at the fair are evaluated for Herdsmanship awards using species-specific criteria to judge the cleanliness of animal’s stall/pen and the area around it, the appearance of the exhibit overall, and the appearance of the animal. Members who obtained the top scores for each species were awarded a prize pack specific to their species. The 2017 Herdsmanship winners included Horse, Brody Brunkow; Beef/Dairy, Cole Blume; Sheep, Kilee Blume; Goat/Swine, Gracie Ruud; Rabbit, Kennedy Porter; and Poultry, Blaire Reuter.

4-Hers and bidders who participated in the Blue Ribbon Premium Auction at the Grant County Fair were honored next. The members, who each received a framed picture of them with their animal and the individuals or business that purchased their Ribbon, included Miriam Holmes, Aidan Porter, Jasmine Floden, Meadow Christenson, Rhyannon Pikula, Shawn Klatt, Haley Volker, Cole Blume, Annika Brunkow, Kennedy Porter, Addison Blume, Brody Brunkow, Aaron Holmes, Allissa Volker, Gracie Ruud, Kilee Blume, Nicholas Porter, Brielle Floden, Daryn Gisi, Allyson Coleman, and Blaire Reuter.

Before presenting the four final awards, a series of supporters were recognized for their contributions to the 4-H program in the last year. These included: Grant County Commissioners and Extension Board, Grant County 4-H Federation and/or Federation Committee members, Grant County Fair Board, Grant County Sheriff's Office, County Fair Crew members, Project Day planners and helpers, and all screened 4-H Volunteers.
The final awards presented recognized the Adult Friend of 4-H Award and three Outstanding Youth members. The 2017 Friend of 4-H was Sally Sperr for being a “calm, cool, collected person who brings a sense of peace into what would otherwise be a chaotic atmosphere” and for going "over the top to make sure [we have] what we need to have a successful year.”

The 7 nominees for Outstanding Animal Science, Outstanding General Exhibit, Outstanding Service and Leadership youth members included: Allyson Coleman, Jasmine Floden, Alana Olson, Victoria Floden, Shawn Klatt, Brielle Floden, and Kille Blume. The 2017 Outstanding Animal Science Award was given to Shawn Klatt for showing “multiple species every year,” for being “incredibly knowledgeable” about all of his species, and for being a “wonderful mentor for younger members” who will give “instruction and guidance on how to show/what to know.” The 2017 Outstanding General Exhibit Award was presented to Brielle Floden who “selected more difficult projects […] with great enthusiasm” after learning the basics of sewing only this year; she also “demonstrated [these skills] to her club” and “got others interested in sewing” in addition to applying her talent to the club banner. The 2017 Outstanding Service and Leadership Award was granted to Alana Olson for being “an energetic and willing volunteer who is not afraid to take on new projects”. Aside from being a leader in her club and the Federation, she “has grown in her abilities to lead, work with, and include other members in projects” this year.

Congratulations to all of our 4-H Members, Volunteers, and Supporters!


Rebecca Haider
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 685-8323
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