Saying farewell to the fair
For the participants and their family, the four-day Emmet County Fair and Agricultural Show is a whirlwind of activity.
The annual event began Thursday with several tales of exhibitors finishing products at the last minute.
It ended Sunday with the Parade of Champions and the livestock auction with 4-H and FFA members receiving their final accolades and monetary awards.
Some highlights from the weekend included Saturday’s beef show with Thomas Olson showing the top market beef animal while Clint McConnell had the reserve grand champion.
Morgan White, a first-time exhibitor and winner with a grand champion swine on Friday, also earned a grand champion ribbon for her breeding heifer. Chase Paulson had the reserve champion breeding heifer.
In his final appearance as a 4-H exhibitor, Matt Anderson earned grand champion for his cow-calf pair with Kyley Walders earning reserve champion.
Emily Christiansen had the grand champion pen of 3 while Clyve Jensen had the reserve grand champion pen.
In the dog show Gabe McCoy earned grand champion. Gretchen Probst earned reserve grand champion and Taylor Greig receiving “Best of Show.”
Probst was a double winner as she also won the best of show in the pet show with her cat.
Greig returned Sunday and earned the 4-H Grand Champion in bucket/bottle calves. Tiegan Huntley had the reserve champion bucket/bottle calf. Brandy Kinnander earned the open class grand champion bucket-bottle calf while Dylan Young was the reserve champion.
Ryanna Paulson and Madison Burton took the grand and reserve ribbons, respectively, in the open class bottle lamb competition.
All the winners from the fair were honored Sunday with fair queen Shelby Guse and fair princess Holly Enerson handing out several of the final rewards.
Volunteers and exhibitors kept a steady stream of animals moving for auctioneer Mike Clarken and the bidders.
All-in-all, fair-goers were ready to hit the hay by the end of the day.
One eastern county parent commented that getting up at 5 a.m. and not getting to bed until 11 p.m was a long day.
On Sunday, he said, “I’ll sleep well tonight-but it might be tough getting up for work in the morning.”