Animal attraction Livestock showman numbers up at Stutsman County Fair
Livestock is well represented at the Stutsman County Fair, according to Alicia Harstad, extension agent for agriculture and natural resources at the Stutsman County Extension office.
“Animal numbers might be down slightly,” she said, “but the number of exhibitors, especially cloverbuds, is up.”
Cloverbuds are 4-H members in kindergarten through the third grade. The program has limits on the classes the members may show in. Harstad also said the overall number of 4-H members and the number of families participating have increased slightly.
For Teagan Ramlo, a 6-year-old who showed llamas during the fair, it was a chance to put her skills with Stardust, a 1-year-old llama on display.
"We did good.
TEAGAN RAMLO, 6-yearold who showed llamas
“We did good,” she said. “We got a trophy and three ribbons.”
Teagan showed Stardust in the obstacle course and showmanship. Stardust was one of five llamas in the livestock barn Friday.
“They’re soft,” Teagan said, in response to questions about why she liked showing llamas.
Christina Rittenbach, extension agent for family and consumer sciences, said it was a good sign that there were more young people involved with 4-H projects and livestock showing.
“We’d like to see them stay through graduation,” she said.
Rittenbach said it takes a family commitment to participate in 4-H, especially in the livestock classes.
“The kids are supposed to work with the animal and learn about it,” she said. “Even the judges will say to the kids ‘we know you didn’t load the animal in the trailer and haul it to the fair.’ It takes a lot of commitment from the kids and the family.”
Youth and parents who show horses will have to wait a week for their opportunity to compete, Harstad said.
The horse show was rescheduled to Friday, July 6, because of rain earlier this week. The 4-H horse show will be a one-day event. No horses will be boarded at the fairgrounds out of concern for the equine herpes virus that claimed the life of a horse in Stutsman County earlier this spring.
That does not mean the horse barn at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds is empty.
“Instead, we had a contest for the kids to decorate the horse stalls,” Rittenbach said.
Livestock activities at the Stutsman County Fair wrap up today with the Parade of Champions at 4 p.m. at the Livestock Arena. The parade includes overall, grand and reserve champions in all 4-H categories.