Fun Day at the Fair

Today was  a great day at the Dakota County Fair. Our family participated in the Open Class Dairy Show. I was going to blog and tweet directly from the fair, but for some reason my data connection on my phone wasn’t working. Ohh well. So here are a few pictures from today.

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Erik and Jonnie "helping" Tim get the calves pretty

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Erik and Jonnie with their calves before the show starts

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Sam with Hannah

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Novice Open Dairy Show Class, 17 participants

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Jonnie showing in the novice class

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Erik getting his first 1st place ribbon-Holstein Spring Calf

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Tim, Erik and Jonnie showing off their awards with Bobbi the Brown Swiss Calf

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Erik and Jonnie enjoying a snack of Cheese Balls

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Our entire string of cattle resting after the show

Here is short video of today’s judge, Larry Tande, explaining why the novice class is important.

Today was a success. We walked away with many first and second place ribbons. Our family also won Champion Brown Swiss. When I tucked Erik in bed tonight, he asked if he could show again tomorrow. Tomorrow is the 4-H show. Sam and three young adults who lease from us will be participating. In Minnesota, you need to be selected as the top from your county before you can participate in the 4-H show at the MN State Fair. This is Sam’s last year in 4-H; we hope that she does well. She needs to be in the top nine.


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5 thoughts on “Fun Day at the Fair

  1. Crystal Cattle

    Love the pictures and the video. I have this secret fascination with dairy cattle! A friend of mine that shows Angus cattle was explaining to me about the qualifying for State Fair. It seems a bit complex but what an awesome show it would be with the best of the best competing.

    1. zweberfarms Post author

      I was surprised as well to see Larry there. He was such a great judge. Tim and him even talked cross breeding for awhile. 🙂

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