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Livestock judged, but not at fair

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Brown County 4-H overall market lamb judging takes place in the swine barn arena Thursday. From left, MIkaya Opatz, Burnstown/Brookdale Club; Hailey Green, Comfrey; and Samantha Rickert, Burnstown/Brookdale). The show and all 4-H judging shows are open only to 4-H participants and their immediate families and continue Friday. Full results will follow in The Journal.

NEW ULM — Without all the usual sights, smells and sounds of the Brown County Fair, 4-H judging continues at the Brown County Fairgrounds this week.

No ferris wheel, cotton candy, hot dogs or other goodies.

About the only sounds this year at the fairgrounds are from livestock and the show judge using the public address system.

Only 4-H exhibitors and their immediate families are invited. Shows began Monday and conclude Friday.

“It’s different. It’s quiet,” said Brown County 4-H Program Coordinator Abby Schwab. “The kids aren’t able to have the same experience they’ve had in the past. But they’re happy to be able to have the experience the best they can.”

Schwab said the livestock shows were able to continue because of lots of volunteer help from the New Ulm Farm City Hub Club and Brown County Fair volunteers.

“I’m hopeful we can return to having a county fair next year,” Schwab said.

A horse show was held Monday in the outdoor horse arena. On Wednesday, a swine show was held in the swine barn arena. A beef show followed in the outdoor arena.

On Thursday, goat and sheep shows took place in the swine barn arena. A rabbit show followed in the rabbit/poultry barn.

A poultry show will be held Friday in the rabbit/poultry barn, followed by a dairy show in the outdoor arena.

Full show judging results and more photos will follow in upcoming editions of The Journal.

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

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