Nienhaus, Ibberson win 4-H poultry titles

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Martina Nienhaus of Sleepy Eye poses with awards she won at the 4-H Poultry Show at the Brown County Fair Friday.

NEW ULM — Martina Nienhaus, 17, of Sleepy Eye dominated the 4-H Poultry Show at the Brown County Fair Friday.

She showed the overall champion chicken, won the overall poultry championship and was Senior Showmanship Reserve Champion.

The titles earned her another trip to the MInnesota State Fair.

“I like everything about working with chickens. They’re pretty easy to work with,” Nienhaus said.

Her beans and corn crop exhibits received blue ribbons at the fair too.

Active in 4-H and Sleepy Eye FFA, Nienhaus said the organizations have been well worth her time and effort. She recently went to Washington, D.C. for an FFA leadership conference.

Nienhaus is a member of the Sleepy Eye FFA poultry judging team that won the state title and will compete at the nationals this fall. This summer, she’s busy with the FFA Safety Barn at Farmfest, Party in the Park and Corn Days in Sleepy Eye.

“I like all the opportunities I have with FFA and 4-H,” Nienhaus said.

In high school, she’s active in volleyball and softball.

Tyler Ibberson, 12, of Sleepy Eye continued his winning ways Friday, earning the Overall Pigeon Championship. On Thursday, he was the overall champion at the 4-H rabbit show.

“It’s nice to see the patterns on pigeons,” Ibberson said. “I enjoy seeing them fly too.”

Other poultry show award winners were Ashley Gag of New Ulm, Overall Chicken Reserve Champion; Brooke Jensen, Springfield, Overall Duck Champion, Overall Poultry Reserve Champion and Senior Showmanship Champion; McKenzie Lilleodden, Hanska, Junior Showmanship Champion; Nolan Gag Reserve Champion; and Intermediate Showmanship Champion Dalton Langseth. Winston Nienhaus of Sleepy Eye was Overall Duck Reserve Champion.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.