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Mower County 4-H’ers compete at 4-H Regional Project Bowls

During March, hundreds of 4-H youth from Minnesota participated in the 4-H Regional Project Bowls, the second largest 4-H event of the year.

Patterned after the golden-oldies television show “College Bowl,” the 4-H Regional Project Bowl challenges teams of three to six youth to test their knowledge of dairy, dog, general livestock, horse, poultry, rabbit and wildlife project areas.

The top teams qualified to move on to compete in the state bowl on April 6 in Sauk Rapids. Many Mower 4-H teams will be competing.

Each competition includes junior divisions for grades 3-8, and senior divisions for grades 4 through one year past high school. The teams are quizzed in one-on-one and open rounds, with the first participant with the correct answer getting the points.

The following Mower County 4-H’ers placed at the 4-H Central Region Project Bowl on March 23 in Hastings:

• Sr. Poultry – Third place – Janelle Voigt, Wyatt Voigt, Lydia Drees, Reuben Drees, Coach: Beth Drees

• Sr. Dairy – 9th place – Piper Kellner, Hannah Case, Ryan Irvin, Rachel Case, Coach: Patty Conradt

• Jr. Dairy – Mower/Dodge County – Fourth place – Leo Smith, Emma Case, Coach: Patty Conradt

• Jr. General Livestock – Saddlebacks – First place – Katherine Thome, Andrew Timm, Jenna Hetzel, Cayden Goslee, Kaden Case, Coach: Julie Holst

• Jr. General Livestock – Galloways – Third place – Olivia Vorpagel, William Thome, Clara Timm, Connor Goslee, Myles Taylor, Eva Taylor, Coach: Julie Holst

• Sr. General Livestock – First place – Riley Hetzel, Ryan VanPelt, Gloria Hansen, Gretta Bergstrom, Garrett Lahann, Isaac Drees, Coach: Bob Balgeman

• Jr. Rabbit – Second place – Renae Clark, Haylie Meyer, Amy Smith, Natalie Crouch, Benjamin Riley, Abby VanPelt, Coaches: Steffanie Stundahl and Alisha Meyer

• Sr. Rabbit – Fourth place – Rebecca Clark, Rylan Clark, Korrie Crouch, Alexander Riley, Coaches: Jacob Mueller and Michelle Riley