4-H KIDS & THE FAIR
They Go Together Perfectly In Kimball & Banner Counties
August 15, 2019
The Kimball-Banner County Fair got off to a quick start on Saturday with the archery competition and concluded with the Livestock Sale on Monday, Aug. 11. Between Saturday and Monday, about 150 4-H kids showed their skills in everything from baking cookies to showing swine.
Throughout the week, an impressive group of area youngsters showed why 4-H kids are successful in many other endeavors.
Colts and Fillies leader Lavella Reher knows what horse 4-H does for the kids.
"Oh, confidence building, they have so much to learn, taking care of the horse, feeding, sweating on a hot day in practice, they work at it," Reher said.
And anyone who knows her would agree with her.
"And I don't give them one bit of sympathy," she said.
Talk to any of the parents or kids and they sing the praises of their leader.
"She pushes hard enough to get them to do things but not too hard to break them," one parent said. "She expects those kids to do their best when they are in the ring, but if they need help, she is right by their side."
On an especially hot Wednesday, the horseman showed their skills in the following classes: showmanship, halter, horsemanship, pleasure trail, reining, pole bending and barrel racing.
Barrels are the favorite event for most of the horse 4-H kids, but the toughest event is pleasure trail. They must practice, keep calm, not become frustrated and make their horse go through a series of obstacles. Trail is a test of true horsemanship.
On Thursday, 4-H kids showed dogs and small animals like rabbits and chickens. Not only do the kids have to show the animal, but they must have extensive knowledge about the animal. They also must learned to look the judge in the eye, shake their hand and tell them about their animal and answer questions.
Thursday afternoon created a challenge for the parents and youngsters as over an inch of rain fell during sheep, swine and cattle weigh-in, and and the lightening strikes on the fairgrounds made everyone take notice.
The swine were the center of attention on a scorching hot Friday morning, followed by sheep and goats.
4-H claims that it "empowers young people to be true leaders. True leaders are young people who have confidence, know how to work well with others; can endure through challenges; and will stick with a job until it gets done."
Young Britton Culek was a perfect example of a young gentleman enduring challenges and sticking to a job until it was done during the sheep show. Britton's 139-pound lamb gave him a tough time during the market show-twice the lamb got away from the eight year-old and he was forced to eventually use a halter to continue, but his determination and endurance paid off as he was awarded Reserve Champion market lamb.
Other market champions were Justus Golding, who received Grand Champion market lamb. Justus had an exceptional fair as he had the Grand Champion market swine and the Grand Champion market beef. Justus also raked in the awards in showmanship.
Tucker Haug had FFA Grand Champion market swine and Alycia Vrbas had Reserve Champion market swine. Bodee Carruthers captured the Reserve Champion 4-H market swine.
While in the FFA market beef show, Lacey Klinkhammer took Grand Champion, Braden Lukassen had Reserve FFA Champion, and Reserve Champion market beef was awarded to Kaitlynn Schnell.
A large crowd attended the cattle show on a cooler, but more humid Saturday. Showmanship was followed by stocker feeders, breeding beef, bucket calves and finally market beef.
Livestock judge Bill Dalles from Upton, Wyo., used the opportunity to praise and provide constructive remarks for all the 4-H kids and their animals. The judge was excellent, taking time to explain to younger members how to improve their showmanship.
Banner County seventh-grader Isaac Olsen claimed a Grand and Reserve Champion Rate of Gain on his market beef. He thought back back over his experience this year.
"I learned a lot of things," Isaac said. "Have patience with cows. It is hard to have patience with cows and also to have fun and enjoy yourself."
Finally, the Kimball-Banner County Fair concluded on Monday with the Livestock Sale.