Mower’s Mueller wins senior rabbit showmanship title at State Fair; Area 4-H’ers collect awards for bucks, does and lops

Published 11:41 am Sunday, September 3, 2017

ST. PAUL — A member of the Windom 4-H Club in Mower County brought home a state championship from the Minnesota State Fair.

In the Market Rabbit competition, Abigail Mueller won blue ribbons in Single Fryer and Rabbit Carcass at the Minnesota State Fair. She also captured the the Senior Showmanship championship.

The showmanship competition held on Aug. 26 is based on the 4-H’er’s knowledge of rabbit breeding production, grooming skills and handling techniques.

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Along with Mueller, other Mower County 4-H’ers also won awards in the Rabbit Breeding and Market shows.

For their Havana bucks (junior), Timothy Farrell of the Red Rock Rangers won a blue ribbon and placed second. Joshua Hill of Windom 4-H won red and took third.

For her Holland Lop buck (junior), Rachel Riley won purple and took first.

For her Mini Rex buck (senior), Toria Strampe of the Enterprise 4-H Club won blue and placed 8th.

For their Mini Rex does (senior), Racine Ramblers members Isabelle and Elizabeth Benson won red and placed 10th and 12th, respectively.

For  their New Zealand does (intermediate), Kory and Brianna Klouse won blue and placed second and fourth, respectively.

For their Polish does (senior), Elijah Hermann of the Southside 4-H Club won blue and placed second and Alexander Benson of the Racine Ramblers won red and placed fifth.

The other showmanship champions are Wyatt Halvorson of Pennington County (Intermediate) and  Malarie Boone of Olmsted County (Advanced).

The Overall Grand Champion Breeding Rabbit was shown by Anthony Schettler of Meeker County and was also the Champion Dutch Rabbit. Jacklyn Hanson of Wright County showed the Overall Reserve Champion with her Champion Netherland Dwarf Rabbit.

The Champion Market Exhibit was shown by Kodi Bundermann of Douglas County and Bundermann also showed the Champion Single Fryer of the Market Show. The Champion Meat Pen was exhibited by Hudson Aase of Steele County.