Judging Contest Winners Named
The recently completed Palo Alto County Fair not only allows for exhibitors to present their livestock for evaluation by a judge, as the annual Livestock Judging Contest puts the youth in the “hot seat” for a change. The annual Livestock Judging Contest was held Thursday afternoon, July 22, under the direction of Tiffany Johnston and Tara Fastert, Vocational Agriculture instructors in the Graettingert/Terril and Emmetsburg Community School Districts.
Competition was conducted in both junior and senior age divisions. First place honors in the Junior division went to Emily Riesenberg of the Fern Valley 4-H’ers, who edged Eric Sundall of the Highland Cruisers in a tie breaker, as both finished with 292 points.
Jeff Riesenberg placed third with 275 points and was followed by Calla Knobloch with 274 points and Jack Banwart with 273 points. Sarah Brown was sixth with 254 points, while Frank Reding finished seventh with 253 points and Mason Studer was eighth with 252 points. Dalton Knobloch finished ninth with 249 points and rounding out the top 10 in the junior division was Courtney Mader with 237 points.
A total of 21 juniors took part in the competition. A like number of senior judges accepted the challenge to compete as well.
In the senior division competition, Mike Sundall of the Highland Cruisers took the top honors with 281 points. Dustin Johnson of the Hawkeye FFA from West Bend finished second with 272 points. Ryan Borchardt would earn third place with 263 points, while Justin Kibbie was fourth with 262 points. Josh Kibbie was next with 261 points, while Justin Dencklau earned sixth place with 260 points. Haley Banwart finished in seventh place with 259 points, while Taylor Wegner was eighth with 258 points. Sean Riesenberg placed ninth with 246 points and Evan McCarty earned the tenth place finish with 246 points to round out the top ten.