Hubbard County 4-H members earned a variety of honors at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, including a team purple ribbon in Minnesota Meats and a champion swine.
“They did very well with the swine project,” said Lily Crume, interim program coordinator with the Hubbard County Extension. “Their general exhibits also did very well. They received a lot of blue ribbons. We’re very proud of how Hubbard County presented itself at the State Fair. There were a lot of successes.”
Hubbard County 4-H awards at the Minnesota State Fair were as follows:
Beef: Bradley Stenger (8th, Showmanship participant).
Goats: April Snook (Red, Showmanship Red), Henry Thorson (Blue), Isabelle Brakke (Red), Maddyson Brakke (Red).
Minnesota Meats Poultry: Marley Mitchell, Allison Offerdahl and Megan Offerdahl (Green, Minnesota Meats Purple Ribbon team).
Minnesota Meats Rabbits: Breanna DeBlieck, Pierce DeBlieck, Naomi Knaack and Jordyn Novak (Green).
Minnesota Meats Sheep: Mallory Kowalke, Samuel Kluck, Blake Kowalke and Henry Thorson (Green).
Chickens: Mallory Kowalke (Red, Interview finalist).
Ducks: Blake Kowalke (Red).
Turkey: Samuel Kluck (Blue).
Illustrated Presentation: Isaac Knaack (Red for an illustrated talk describing what to plant to attract pollinators).
Rabbits: Pierce DeBlieck (Purple, Intermediate Showmanship 3rd), Naomi Knaack (Red), Breanna DeBlieck (Blue), Jordyn Novak (Blue).
Clothing & Textiles: Breanna DeBlieck (Blue for one outfit of bought clothes and a three-ring binder).
Crafts & Fine Arts: Isaac Knaack (Blue for a chess set made from found junk), Ava Etzler (Blue for a pointillist painting of a night sky), Johnna Krabbenhoft (Blue for a charcoal drawing of a kitten and its mother dog).
Entomology: Blake Kowalke (Blue for a tri-fold display about the honey bee).
Flower Gardening: Naomi Knaack (Red for a turtle sculpted from chicken wire, plants and moss), Miriam Knaack (Red for a washtub filled with flowers).
Foods & Nutrition: Mallory Kowalke (Blue for a Chinese meal).
Home Environment: Sylvia Hill (Red for a blue metal chair), Charity Kern (Red for a lighted frame with a play poster).
Needle Arts: Justine Karvonen (Blue for a crocheted turtle).
Performing Arts: Isabelle Brakke (Blue for jazz dance).
Photography: Caitlin Kalita (Blue for a photo of a husky).
Photo Manipulation: Evan Booge (Blue for a collage of star trails).
Quilting: Kiley Lindow (Blue for a tumbling blocks quilt).
Swine: Megan Offerdahl (Purple, 1st, Reserve Champion Duroc gilt), Marley Mitchell (Purple, 2nd, Reserve Champion spot gilt), Allison Offerdahl (Purple, 1st, Champion spot gilt), Ava Etzler (Blue).
Wood Shop: Pierce DeBlieck (Blue for a Harry Potter wands poster/book), Isaac Kern (Blue for a segmented table).
Wetlands: Paige Cowden (Red for a display about water filters).
Wildlife Biology: Hope Kern (Red for a squirrel book).
Youth Leadership: Evan Pohl (Blue for a utility/garden wagon with seat, toy implements, fire extinguisher and tire block).