4-H members work all year on their projects and a collection of the best exhibits from each county fair is brought to present in the 4-H Building at the Minnesota State Fair.

The 12 days of the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” that is the Minnesota State Fair, has come and gone. But the story of how the 4-H projects got there started over a year ago.

Throughout the year, 4-H youth select project areas that reflect personal areas of interest and pursue hands-on learning that is both self-directed and guided by adult volunteers. The results of their learning are exhibited at county fairs across the state. A collection of the best exhibits from each county fair is brought to present in the 4-H Building at the Minnesota State Fair.

Brown County was well represented at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair during three different encampments. Thirty youth exhibited at Livestock Encampment, Aug. 24 to 27; twenty-four youth took part in the General (non-livestock) Encampment, Sept. 2 to 4; and two youth were at State Horse Show, which took place Sept. 15 to18.

Brown County had yet another successful representation at the state fair, bringing home six Purples, 38 Blues, 10 Reds, and three Fashion Revue Participants. We had several individuals earn top awards, including: Overall Champion Wether Dam exhibited by Carly Krieg, Champion Speckled Face Market Lamb exhibited by Russell Hellendrung—also selected as the fourth place Market Lamb Senior Showman, Noah Richert showed the Reserve Champion Prospect Steer Calf while his twin sister, Samantha Richert, took home the Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Market Steer award; Russell, Samantha and Haily Green all made the Purple Ribbon Auction; Isaac Nelson was a Dairy Interview Shirt winner, Sophia Portner received 22nd place in the Dairy Showcase after being selected as an interview finalist—receiving $1,100, Crystal Portner was honored as the third place Dairy Showcase recipient—receiving $3,000 and also had the Reserve Champion Brown Swiss Total Merit Cow.

At the State Horse Show, Russell Hellendrung and McKenzie Cselovszki represented Brown County. Russell took first place in the Grade 9 Jumping Figure 8, third in both Poles and Barrels and ninth in the Key Race. His younger brother, Andrew Hellendrung, was the recipient of the “Win an Arabian” contest, out of 12 applicants. McKenzie took second place with her Horse Speech on “Off the Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB),” which won her a trip to nationals.

Learn more about 4-H in Minnesota and how to get involved at 4-H.umn. edu or contact Jaime Sorenson, Brown County 4-H program coordinator, at 507-794-7993 or hansonjl@umn.edu.

Minnesota 4-H is a youth development program available throughout Minnesota for youth in kindergarten through one year after high school. 4-H’s learn-by-doing model guides youth in designing and participating in their own programs and activities, which results in hands-on learning.