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Local students fare well at county fair

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Brody Schindler, a fourth-grader from St. Paul, poses with his pig at the Marion County Fair right after winning first place in showmanship the first day of the fair. He went on to be named reserve champion in the novice division.The St. Paul Green Grazers 4-H club sent 22 students to the Marion County Fair last week, and the entire group placing third overall for large livestock herdsmanship.

“Clubs are judged on caring for the animals throughout the day, cleanliness of stalls, aisles and tack areas, and members’ interaction with the public,” group leader and parent Wendy Brentano explained.

In dairy showmanship, Tyler Veeman was named Grand Champion Showman and his sister Taysha Veeman was named Reserve Champion Showman (second place). She went on to win the Round Robin Grand Champion event for intermediate class (grades 7-9), in which the grand champions from each livestock category compete against each other.

Students in 4-H, who range from grades 4-12, are judged on their personal showmanship as well as the showmanship of their animals. If they receive a blue or red ribbon, and if they’re within a certain weight restriction, they’re eligible to be sold at auction the last day of the fair.

Unfortunately, for the first time in a number of years, four animals raised by Green Grazers weren’t eligible for auction.

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Taylor Faber is the only Green Grazer who showed sheep at last week's Marion County Fair.by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Madelyn Nicklous, of the St. Paul Green Grazers 4-H group, shows her pig at the Marion County Fair last week. She won first place in her class for her swine and went on to place third for swine showmanship in the junior division.“They can still sell them on their own,” Brentano said. “But it’s hard. It’s a life lesson for these kids that if you go into business, it’s not always a sure thing.”

Many of the students get involved in showing livestock so they can put it toward their college fund.

“That’s part of the reason I show pigs,” seventh-grader Zach Brentano said. “Pigs sell for an average of $4 a pound, and because they weigh more than sheep and goats, you get a lot more.”

But others choose their animals based on their individual preferences.

“I chose sheep because I don’t like to do what everyone else does,” sixth-grader Taylor Faber said. “They’re not as messy and they’re easier to train.”

But pigs seem to be the Green Grazers’ favorite, especially to start out, as both novices (first-time competitors) in the group fared well in their category: both fourth-graders, Brody Schindler and Clancy Koch, advanced to the final competition, in which they made up one-third of the competition.

Brody walked away with second place (reserve champion) and Clancy placed fifth.

The St. Paul Green Grazers weren’t the only locals to show at the fair. FFA and 4-H clubs from Gervais, North Marion and Woodburn also took part in the event, which was held at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Salem July 10-13.

St. Paul Green Grazer awards at Marion County Fair 2014:

Dairy Showmanship:

Tyler Veeman, Grand Champion Showman

Taysha Veeman, Reserve Champion Showman, Round Robin Grand Champion, intermediate class (grades 7-9)

Swine Showmanship:

Novice division (first-year competitors)

Brody Schindler, Reserve Champion

Clancy Kock, fifth place

Junior division (grades 4-6)

Madelyn Nicklous, third place

Allyson Nicklous, fourth place

Steven Coppola and Hayden Schindler, finalists

Intermediate division (grades 7-9)

Zach Brentano, third place

Wyatt Bean and Turner Lear, finalists

Herdsmanship - large livestock:

The Green Grazers earned third place



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