Crow Wing County 4-H’ers took first place in herdsmanship out of the 87 counties that participated at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.

Thousands of 4-H’ers showcased their animals Aug. 21-25. Herdsmanship evaluates exhibitors based on the cleanliness of stalls and pens, care given to their animals and knowledge of animal agriculture that they shared with the public.

Herdsmanship was an important part of the Minnesota State Fair experience for the 24 county 4-H’ers who also exhibited livestock projects. Herdsmanship judging recognizes 4-H youth for responsible behavior and quality work while taking care of their animals.

“Our 4-H youth work so hard all year to prepare to be part of the State Fair. I’m so proud of their dedication, knowledge and how well they represented Crow Wing County,” 4-H Program Coordinator Sarah Ukkelberg said in a news release.

The 4-H program offers programming throughout the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, serving more than 5,500 exhibitors and showcasing building exhibits, demonstrations, Share the Fun programs, County Arts In programs and other opportunities for youth participation.

Other 4-H contests include showmanship, judging teams, public presentations, non-livestock exhibits and county club exhibits.