Gag, Moreno win 4-H Pet Shows

Staff photo by Fritz Busch  Natalie Marti, 15, was the Sr. Reserve champion in the 4-H Pet Show Wednesday at the Brown County Fair.

NEW ULM — Nolan Gag of New Ulm and Mateo Moreno of Sleepy Eye were junior and senior division champions in the Brown County Fair 4-H Pet Show Wednesday, kicking off the Brown County Fair’s 4-H competitions.

Gag, 10, representing the Leavenworth Lucky Clovers, is entering fifth-grade this fall at St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School. He showed gold fish and talked about what he learned in 4-H.

“I learned it takes a lot of time and patience to take care of animals. II really enjoy it. I have a dog and 18 chickens on my grandparent’s farm,” Gag said.

Holly Sellner of the Stark Happy Hustlers was junior division reserve champion. She was not available for photos and an interview.

Moreno won the senior division (grade 6 and up) with “Carly,” his cat.

Mateo Moreno of Sleepy Eye was the Senior Division champion in the Brown County Fair’s 4-H Pet Show judging.

“She’s very playful and sleepy,” Moreno said. “In 4-H, I learned about team work, partnership skills and working with animals.”

Natalie Marti, 15, of the Sleepy Eye Wide Awakes, was senior division reserve champion with her rat terrier dog.

“She protects us,” said Marti about her dog that runs with her sisters. She’s in her sixth year of 4-H.

“I learned to take care of animals the right way in 4-H,” Marti said. “I’m also enjoy showing a rabbit. It’s fun showing the animals and telling people what you know about them.”

Marti has competed at the state fair three times and plans to go again with her Brown County Fair general exhibits that received two grand championships. Her general exhibits featured her work on safety, consumer education and crafts.

Nolan Gag was the Junior Division Champion in the Brown County Fair’s 4-H Pet Show judging.

Thursday fair events include Senior Day programs starting at 10 a.m. with free coffee and cookies in the New Ulm Civic Center, free blood pressure checks and the Outstanding Senior Program at 10:30 a.m. The Ken & Ken Show follows at 11 a.m.

Also on Wednesday, the 4-H and Open Rabbit Show start at 1 p.m. in the rabbit/poultry barn.