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Mon, Jul 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Features

The Hopp children: Eli, Abby, Sarah and Megan | Photo by Barb Laganiere

Farm families of Fillmore County put a large amount of effort into making the Fillmore County Fair a success each year. The Hopp family of Chatfield, Minn. is one of these families. Doug and Heather Hopp of rural Chatfield and their children put the rest of their lives on the back burner during the fair. In fact, the Hopp’s bring their camper to the fair for the week. The Hopp’s belong to the Root River Rabbits 4-H club and beginning in September, 2012 they will be the leaders of the club.

Abby Hopp, age 14, shows pigs and dairy, as well as completing projects in other areas. Abby is also the 4-H Ambassador this year which comes with its own responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to help plan events for the year. Abby enjoys the fashion show on Thursday night where the 4-H members model their outfits in three categories: handmade clothing, purchased new clothing, and used clothing.

Megan Hopp, age 11, shows sheep and dairy at the Fillmore County Fair, along with her other projects. Megan said her favorite part of the fair is “sleeping in the barn on Friday night,” where she can spend time with her 4-H friends.

Sarah Hopp, age 10, shows pigs and dairy at the fair and also completes projects for judging. In addition to her 4-H duties, Sarah is also the Ambassador for the American Dairy Association and works in the malt stand at the fair as part of her responsibilities as Ambassador. Sarah’s favorite part of the fair is the dance at the end of the week, saying, “It’s a lot of fun.”

Eli Hopp, age seven, is a Cloverbud in 4-H, which means he cannot compete himself but can show animals with an older 4-H member giving him experience so he will be prepared to show on his own in the future. The Cloverbuds have their own separate show where the members can enter up to five projects. The age group for Cloverbuds is Kindergarten through second grade.

In addition to all of their work at the fair with their animals and projects, every 4-H family, including the Hopps, work at the 4-H food stand on the fairgrounds in Preston, Minn. This year’s fair was another success, thanks in large part to hard-working farm families like the Hopps.

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