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YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN PREMIER EXHIBITOR COMPETITION AT WISCONSIN STATE FAIR

There are many reasons to attend Wisconsin State Fair. For some it is the rides and for others it is the food. For over 220 4-H and FFA members, one reason to attend is to compete in the Premier Exhibitor competition. The Premier Exhibitor is an educational contest that tests junior exhibitors’ knowledge in multiple events. The events include a judging competition, a skillathon, a knowledge quiz, showmanship, and an industry interview. Premier Exhibitor contests were offered for each of the livestock species exhibited at the Fair: beef, dairy, goats, llamas, sheep, and swine. Awards were given to the top ten exhibitors in each species contest and also to the top exhibitor in each event. Please join us as we congratulate the participants and winners in this ultimate livestock skills test. The Wisconsin State Fair would also like to thank the generous award sponsors for these events.

Beef:  The overall Beef Premier Exhibitor winner was Aaron Zimmerman of Marathon County. Placing also in the top ten were Shea Esser, Grant; Nick Colle, Kewaunee; Kallie Kastenson, Racine; Rylee Black, Polk; Michaela Remiker, Manitowoc; Austin Moll, Columbia; Brett Jones, LaFayette; Cody Welke, Eau Claire; and Brooke Roberts, Manitowoc. The skillathon winner was Aaron Zimmerman. The winner in the quiz contest was Shea Esser. In the judging contest, Austin Moll rose to the top. Nick Colle was the winner of the Industry Interview. The competition was sponsored by Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association, Profiles Show Supply & Custom Embroidery, & Andis Co.

Sheep:  The overall Sheep Premier Exhibitor winner was Kelly Vierck of Dodge County. Placing also in the top ten were Haley Yunker, Polk;  Jenna Langer, Columbia; Hannah Taylor, Columbia; Christopher Vierck, Dodge; Emily Petzel, Polk; Jessica Taylor, Columbia; Dathan Smerchek, Marathon; Rosemary Herschleb, Columbia;  Kelsi Smerchek, Marathon. The skillathon winner was Christopher Vierck. The winner in the quiz contest was Kelly Vierck. In the judging contest, Rosemary Herschleb rose to the top. Kelly Vierck was the winner of the Industry Interview. The competition was sponsored by Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, Profiles Show Supply & Custom Embroidery, and Andis Co.

Swine:  The overall Swine Premier Exhibitor winner was Kelly Vierck of Dodge County. Placing also in the top ten were TJ Doherty, Jefferson; Kate Griswold, Dane; Kelly Wirkus, Dodge; Collin Keel, Dodge; Bailey Fritsch, Iowa; Christopher Vierck, Dodge; Samantha Piper, Walworth; Carly Lukas, Jefferson; and Morgan Pittz, Iowa. The skillathon winner was Christopher Vierck. The winner in the quiz contest was Kelly Vierck. In the judging contest, Kelly Wirkus rose to the top. Drew Waterman was the winner of the Industry Interview. The competition was sponsored by Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Show Pig Association, Profiles Show Supply & Custom Embroidery, and Andis Co.

Goats:  The overall Goat Premier Exhibitor winner was Laura Munger of La Crosse County. Placing also in the top ten were Rebecca Shilts, Rock; Arica Kite, Racine; Josie Knauber, La Crosse; Abby Ball, Racine; Auna Kaufman-Schwartz, La Crosse; Hannah Shilts, Rock; Johnna Kite, Racine; Conor Considine, Columbia; and Erica Lamers, Calumet. The skillathon winner was Jackie McPherson of Clark County. The winner in the quiz contest was Josie Knauber. In the judging contest, Josie Robinson of Kewaunee County rose to the top. The competition was sponsored by Woolwich, Inc., Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association, Profiles Show Supply & Custom Embroidery, and Andis Co.

Beef Premier Exhibitor

Sheep Premier Exhibitor

Swine Premier Exhibitor

Goat Premier Exhibitor

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