NEW ULM - Kids of all ages took part in Friday's FFA and 4-H poultry shows held during the Brown County Free Fair at the Brown County Fairgrounds.
The FFA Poultry show began at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 9 a.m. 4-H Poultry show.
The main winners of the FFA Show were sisters Jamie and Josie Fischer and Amanda Jensen.
Staff photo by Serra Muscatello
The 4-H Cloverbuds are being judged in the 4-H poultry show on Friday morning: pictured from left to right are: Dalton Langseth, Mikayla Opatz, Brooke Jensen, Ethan Miller, Ellie Matter and Ashley Gag.
Some of top honors at this year's 4-H Show went to overall poultry champion Jacob Christensen and reserve champion poultry Kacie Covington.
This year's poultry judge was Paul Merkins from Stewart. He has been working with poultry both showing and judging poultry for the past 50 years.
"It's a good show and a big show (4-H)," said Merkins. "The feather quality and condition of the birds is pretty good this year. There's some good birds here that can compete at the state level. I think they can do well down there. Congratulations to the 4-H kids that participated today."
Amanda Jensen, who took top honors in several events this year said she was happy with the judging this year.
"My birds were young and not in the best of shape," said Jensen.
She began as a Cloverbud in 4-H when she was six years old. At first she started with horse and poultry projects, then she moved on to beef. Now, this year she is trying something new with adding pig 4-H projects to her line-up of poultry and beef projects.
"I get nervous a lot when the championship line-up comes around," said Jensen. "There's a lot of good competition. I feel happy when everybody wins and enjoys it."
Josie Fischer's family has been raising poultry her whole life. Josie and her sister Jamie both showed this year in both FFA and 4-H poultry shows.
Josie said, "They (poultry) are pretty easy to take care of. We raise them all year round. We buy new ones every year for the fair."
Josie said she has judged poultry for both 4-H and FFA.
"I've been to the national competition for both (4-H and FFA)," said Josie, "I had fun on those trips. I had to study a lot."
Results for the FFA poultry show were: Champion chicken: Jamie Fischer (Sleepy Eye FFA), and Reserve Champion: Josie Fischer (Sleepy Eye FFA). Ducks: Champion and also reserve champion was Amanda Jensen of Springfield FFA. Champion Geese was Amanda Jensen.
The 4-H judging results were as follows: Champion Chicken Jacob Christensen and Reserve Champion Chicken Kacie Covington. The champion duck went to Jacob Christensen and reserve champion duck was Austin Augustin. Champion Goose/Turkey: Kacie Covington and Reserve Goose/Turkey Emmalee Matter.
Junior Showmanship Champion was Carly Krieg and reserve champion was Austin Augustin. Intermediate Showmanship champion was Katie Schwartz and reserve champion was Ezra Krzmarzick. Senior showmanship champion was Kacie Covington and reserve champion was her twin sister Alisa Covington. Honorable mention award went to Jacob Christensen.