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Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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Kassidy Broadwater, 12, Kelsey Berg, 15, Kenzie Broadwater, 15, Bailey Barnes, 15, and Kammry Broadwater with 4-H work at the 2014 Fillmore County Fair. Photo by Barb Jeffers

As the 2014 Fillmore County Fair continued last week the size of the crowd seemed to grow each day in anticipation of the exciting events that occurred later in the schedule of the Fillmore County Fair in Preston.

The 4-H activities continued on Wednesday with the Swine Show beginning early in the morning followed by the Horse Trail & Game Show, Open Class Judging, the Sheep Show and a Hands on Activity.

Wednesday evening a crowd gathered in the grandstand for 4-H Night. The Live Auction once again this year had fantastic items donated which were auctioned by County Commissioner Marc Prestby.

One of the most popular items auctioned off was an “ice cream bucket” donated by Kapper’s Big Red Barn which consisted of ice cream bowls, an ice cream scoop, and coupons for Kapper’s ice cream. The ice cream bucket sold for $50.

Pies always bring out the pocketbooks at the 4-H auction and this year was no different. All pies donated sold for a high price but the highest amount paid was for a choice of any pie at the 4-H Food Stand. Judy Frank, who paid $100 for the pie of her choosing, received a large round of applause for her support of 4-H.

Everyone in the audience enjoyed the Fashion Revue with outfits being either constructed or purchased. Mara Schwartz was adorable as she and her doll modeled their matching dresses. Margaret Alexander, 19, and her niece Madeline Montoya, 5, also wore matching dresses having fun with their different poses.

Many deserving people were recognized during the awards program. Tom Haugstad and Donna Sveen each received an Alumni Award for years of dedication to the 4-H program. Bruce and Cheri Struve were Hall of Fame inductees.

Award sponsors were Richard & Teresa O’Connor of Mabel, Minn. and the First State Bank, Spring Valley, Minn. branch. LeeAnn Howard, 4-H Program Coordinator, also deserves recognition for the many hours of her time given in support of 4-H.

The Band Hubba entertained near the Beer Barn Wednesday night to finish out a very busy day at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds while residents looked forward to more events on Thursday.

Dairy, Rabbit, and Goat Shows by the 4-H were held Thursday morning with participants bringing their best foot (or hoof) forward. Smiles abound as ribbons were awarded to proud owners of the animals.

The Matt Hahn Memorial Scholarship Arm Wrestling Contest had the Beer Barn packed full with overflow seating outside the building. Both men and women elbowed up to the table trying to overpower or out technique the opponent across from them.

An exciting evening of bull riding awaited those who entered the grandstand on Thursday night to watch the cowboys try to hold on for those precious eight seconds. Clay Olson of Preston was one of the local cowboys riding in this year’s event. This was the second year Clay had ridden at the Fillmore County Fair.

Tripwire kept everyone’s heart racing following bull riding by getting people up and dancing to their music at the Beer Barn to mark the end of Thursday’s fair activities.

Friday at the fair began with the 4-H Beef Show followed by a Llama Show in the afternoon. The Draft Horse Pull drew many to the grandstand at 11 a.m. to watch the powerful and awesome horses at work.

Kids worked their leg muscles in the Pedal Tractor Pull just before the start of the Triple B Rodeo in the grandstand. There was never a dull moment as attendees witnessed the talent involved in barrel racing, breakaway calf roping, bull riding, and mutton busting. Approximately 15 kids participated in mutton bustin, according to organizer “Moose” Hagedorn. Skyler Check was very proud of his win in the mutton bustin contest.

Troubleshooter entertained everyone in the Beer Barn Friday night following the rodeo with the band getting everyone on their feet dancing and singing along.

A Buyers’ Breakfast started the day for many on Saturday while others had breakfast on the go due to a 5K Ribbon Run/Walk. 4-H families had a big day with the Market Livestock Auction and a Horse Fun Show. An Open Class All Breeds Dairy Show then took place with a Species Scramble ending the afternoon events.

The pits also had people scrambling to do last minute repairs on their demolition cars Saturday night. Julie Hanson of Fountain, Minn. drove for her second year and her car was pushed up and onto a cement barricade where it stayed until her heat was over. Hanson comes from a demo family as brothers John and Jimmy and her father Terry are all demolition derby veterans and have the hardware to prove it.

Driving in her first demolition derby was Kayla Koch, 24, and #24, of Preston. Koch said before the demo began that she hadn’t been able to sleep for the week and a half prior to the demo due to being both excited and nervous.

The hood of Koch’s car had a painting of “Gingerlocks” which Kayla explained was a picture of her with her brothers Kyle, Korby, and Kasey and since they all have red hair she felt Gingerlocks was more fitting than Goldilocks. Her brother Kyle is in the Marines, stationed in California, and Kayla stated “I am bummed he can’t be here” but knew he was supporting her from thousands of miles away.

Kayla did well for her first demo and said she could not have done it without her mechanics and pit crew consisting of Dustin, Philip, Travis, and Ricky Holland and Cory Draper.

The 2014 Fillmore County Fair wound down as Lost Faculties got the crowd wound up in the Beer Barn on Saturday evening. The 155th year of the fair left great memories for both kids and adults who look forward to doing it all over again next year!

The Fillmore County Fair could not take place without a vast amount of volunteers who give their time and talents. It is not possible to recognize everyone involved but the Fillmore County Fair Board and the sponsors of this year’s fair are a large part of the success of the fair.

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners include Tom Kaase, Randy Dahl, Duane Bakke, and Marc Prestby. Fillmore County Agricultural Society Officers include Greg Dornink, Dennis DeVries, and Kathy Tesmer. U of M Extension Fillmore County Staff includes LeeAnn Howard, Jerrold Tesmer, and Kristi Ruesink.

Board of Directors are Greg Dornink - President, Dennis DeVries - Vice President, Kathy Tesmer - Secretary/Treasurer, Kyle Chiglo, Andy Craig, Lowell Drinkall, Mike Fenske, Karl Housker, Kurt Raaen, Devon Krueger, Doug Lind, Aaren Mathison, Jennifer Pickett, Fred Williams, and Colin Winslow.

Sponsors of the 2014 Fillmore County Fair were Land-O-Lakes, POET, Bauer Built, Farmer’s Mutual, Bloomfield Insurance, Drinkall Family Forage, Winneshiek Co-op, CoBank, Ody’s Meats, Gehling Auction, Inc., Solberg Sand and Gravel, Fenske Painting & Design, Preston Equipment, Chiggy Liquor, Chiglo Salvage, St. Joseph Equipment, and Struve’s Paint.

To view several hundred photos of the 2014 Fillmore County Fair visit the Fillmore County Journal’s facebook page.

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