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2023 O’Brien County Fair Royalty Candidates

PRIMGHAR- Judging for the 2023 O’Brien County Fair Royalty was held Sunday, June 4th at Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar. Candidates participated in individual and group interviews. Our candidates are, (Front) Morgan Grooters, Makenna Hofmeyer, Jayson Stamer, Ellen Hunt, Claire Wagner, (Back) Kourtney Dekker, Justice Frerk, Bryce Dodge, Samantha Wilber, and Whitney Einck.

Coronation will be held Monday, July 24, at 8:00 p.m. at the Wayne Maass Memorial Stage on the fairgrounds in Primghar. The 2023 Fair Royalty will be crowned by our 2022 Royalty, Queen Grace Fuhrman, King Dain Moermond, and Princess Makenzie Meyer.

 

Congratulations 2023 O’Brien County 4-H Graduating Seniors!

O’Brien County is home to 14 graduating senior 4-H members. As they graduate and enter their post-high school endeavors, these graduates remind us what 4-H – and life – are all about.

Seniors took a minute to reflect on a beloved memory or share advice for younger 4-H members as they round out their time in O’Brien County 4-H.

Joseph Billings: “My favorite 4-H memory is winning beef of merit with my steer off of my first heifer. My favorite part of 4-H is watching new members get involved and work with livestock. Some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is don’t be afraid to ask questions and be involved. Find a good mentor; it can be a family member, a friend, or a neighbor.”
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Kourtney Dekker: “My favorite 4-H memory is showing my Grand Champion steer at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show at the Iowa State Fair in 2022. My favorite part of 4-H is showing livestock and meeting a lot of new friends throughout the years. Some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is to have fun, get involved with your 4-H club, and try new projects.”
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Bryce Dodge: “My favorite 4-H memory is bringing in a couch table for a woods project to the county fair and it went on to the State Fair. My favorite part of 4-H is making friends with new people and learning new skills, and some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is to try everything you can. New experiences aren’t always bad. They will lead to new memories and possibly unlock new skills.”
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Whitney Einck: “My favorite 4-H memory is when I modeled on stage for fashion review in fourth grade for the first time with my best friend and we couldn’t stop laughing. My favorite part of 4-H is getting to show off you hard work that you’ve spent with your animals and projects at the fair and spending the week with your friends. Some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is to try everything before you count yourself out.”
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Payton Farquhar: “My favorite 4-H memory is when Bob Steinkamp gave me a hug after selling my 4H pigs for the first time. My favorite part of 4-H has been showing my pigs, and some advice I have for younger 4-Hers, try all different kinds of projects to find your interests.”
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Morgan Grooters: “My favorite 4-H memory is staying at the fairgrounds during fair. My favorite part of 4-H is doing good in the ring and seeing the little 4-H kids showing for the first time. Some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is don’t be afraid to try a new animal to show.”
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Dante Johnson: “My favorite 4-H memory is going to the Plunge [into 4-H] camp all three years with my friends. My favorite part of 4-H is spending time at the fair with friends, and some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is to never be afraid to try new things in different project areas. Trying new things helps you grow as a person and 4-Her.”
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Brayden Meyer: “My favorite 4-H memory is hanging out with friends and family in the beef barn and having water fights. My favorite part of 4-H is showing cattle and having a great 4-H leader, and some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is don’t be afraid to try new things and have fun.”
Dain Moermond: “My favorite 4-H memory is having water fights in the wash rack and representing the O’Brien County Fair as 2022 Fair King. My favorite part of 4-H is showing swine, and some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is don’t be afraid to try out lots of different project areas. You never will know if you will like something unless you try it.”
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Leo Sells: “My favorite 4-H memory was competing at the Western National Roundup 4-H Meats contest back in January. We got fifth as a team and I got 16 individually. My favorite part of 4-H is it’s a good time with all the people, animals, and activities going on, and some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is to work hard and make sure to take good care of your animals.”
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Abby Stout: “My favorite 4-H memory is showing sheep and rabbits with my brother. My favorite part of 4-H is showing projects and hanging out with my friends at the fair, and some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is don’t be afraid to try something new and pick a project outside of your comfort zone.”
Colton Vande Brake: “My favorite 4-H memory is helping my sister show her first year. My favorite part of 4-H – I enjoyed being treasurer. The last year we have had several high school-age kids and it is fun to connect with everyone on a different level. I love my goats and am excited to show them. Some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is don’t think you can’t come back if you take a year off. Don’t be scared to try something new, show a new animal or run for leadership. You will enjoy it and be successful and surprised in the end!”
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Grant Wagner: “My favorite 4-H memory is my calf escaping during the fair. My favorite part of 4-H is meeting new people, and some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is to get involved with many different opportunities. You will learn many things and be a better person because of it.”
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Samantha Wilbur: “My favorite 4-H memory is participating in the clothing event at the state fair. My favorite part of 4-H is getting to be a mentor for younger kids and helping them in their 4-H journey. Some advice I have for younger 4-Hers is don’t be afraid to try something new. It might turn out to be one of your favorite things to participate in!”
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It is evident that the memories made, fun had, and lessons learned in 4-H will remain with these graduates for years to come.
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Congratulations O’Brien County 4-H Graduating Seniors! 

Congratulations to Our 2022 Fair Royalty!

Congratulations to the 2022 O’Brien County Fair Royalty!

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2022 Fair Queen is Grace Fuhrman daughter of Mark and Beth Fuhrman of Paullina. 2022 Fair King is Dain Moermond, son of Joshua and Rebecca Moermond of Sutherland. 2022 Fair Princess is Mackenzie Meyer, daughter of Mike and Becky Meyer, of Paullina.

Other candidates are Jackson Albert, Payton Farquhar, Madison Fischer, Morgan Grooters, Samantha Wilbur, and Grant Wagner

2022 O’Brien County Fair Royalty Candidates

We have great representation for the next King & Queen for the 2022 fair. What a great group of young adults. Good luck to all of you!

King candidates – Grant Wagner, Dain Moermond & Jackson Albert.
Queen candidates – Samantha Wilbur, Morgan Grooters, Makenzie Meyer, Payton Farquhar, Madisen Fischer & Grace Fuhrman.

Our new royalty will be crowned Monday, July 25th at 8 pm by our 2021 Fair Royalty.

The 2021 Fair Royalty is Queen Kaeley Einck, daughter of Tony and Heather Einck of Primghar, King Jason Wittrock, son of Tracy and Shonda Wittrock of Primghar, and Princess Sydney Zeutenhorst, daughter of Christine Hunt and Tim Zeutenhorst of Granville.

Congratulations to Our 2021 Fair Royalty!

 

Congratulations to the 2021 O’Brien County Fair Royalty!

 

2021 Fair Queen is Kaeley Einck, daughter of Tony and Heather Einck of Primghar. 2021 Fair King is Jason Wittrock, son of Tracy and Shonda Wittrock of Primghar. 2021 Fair Princess is Sydney Zeutenhorst, daughter of Christine Hunt and Tim Zeutenhorst of Granville.

Other candidates are Abby Boardman, Madison Fischer, Cael Noteboom, Olivia Grooters, and Makenzie Meyer.

O’Brien County Fair Spelling Bee

O’Brien County Fair to Host First Ever County Fair Spelling Bee!

 

Free event will be held on Tuesday, July 27 and Registration is open to the public!

PRIMGHAR – The O’Brien County Fair has announced that they are sponsoring the first ever O’Brien County Fair Spelling Bee to be held Tuesday, July 27 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The inaugural event, held in the conjunction with the annual O’Brien County Fair, will be held in the Admin Building on the fairgrounds in Primghar.

Students who have completed grades 2nd through 6th will compete for the title of “O’Brien County Fair Spelling Bee Champion” in each grade level. The Iowa Corn Growers Association is sponsoring the first-place prize for each grade level! Additional prizes of vouchers to be used at fair food venders will be awarded to all participants!

Admission to the fair is free and registration to participate in the Spelling Bee is also free and open to the public, including students who reside both inside and outside of O’Brien County. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Admin Building on the fairgrounds for any participants in the eligible grade levels. Participants may register throughout the contest up until the start of their age division. There will be no pre-registration before 9:30 a.m. on July 27th. Generally accepted spelling bee rules and format will be followed and grade-appropriate spelling lists will be utilized.

The O’Brien County Fair Board encourages the public to enter children and grandchildren to participate in the O’Brien County Fair Spelling Bee and to check out the many other activities scheduled during the fair, which runs July 24 – 29!

2021 O’Brien County Fair Royalty Candidates

 

Judging for the 2021 O’Brien County Fair Royalty was held Sunday, May 23 at Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar. The candidates were judged by Shanelle Matus and Karen Schwaller. Candidates participated in individual and group interviews. This year our queen candidates are, Sydney Zeutenhorst of Granville, Abby Boardman of Sutherland, Makenzie Meyer of Paullina, Kaeley Einck of Primghar, Madisen Fischer of Sheldon, and Olivia Grooters of Sanborn. King candidates are Cael Noteboom of Sheldon and Jason Wittrock of Primghar.

Coronation will be held Monday, July 26, at 8:00 p.m. at the Wayne Maass Memorial Stage on the fairgrounds in Primghar. Our 2021 Royalty will be crowned by our 2020 Queen Paige Dagel, King Eric Mars, and Princess Sierra Stamer.

Congratulations 2021 O’Brien County 4-H Graduating Seniors!

O’Brien County is home to eleven graduating senior 4-H members. As they graduate and enter their post high school endeavors, these graduates remind us what 4-H – and life – are all about.

Seniors took a minute to reflect on a beloved memory or share advice for younger 4-H members as they round out their time in O’Brien County 4-H.

Abby Boardman: “My favorite memory would just be getting the chance to hang out with people and meet people I normally wouldn’t talk to. And that would be my advice as well to go and meet new people because 4-H and FFA give you the perfect experience to meet new people.”

Kaeley Einck: “[One of my favorite memories is] Monday night after coronation, practicing leading her cattle around in the ring.”

Jack Farqhuar: “Don’t be afraid to try new things.”

Olivia Grooters: “[Some of my favorite memories are] water fights in the wash rack after a long show day. [My advice for younger 4-H members is] don’t forget to have fun after a long day.”

Jamie Hunt: “[My advice for younger 4-H members is] practice with your show stick so you don’t accidentally hit the person next to you.”

Emily Kellen: “Enjoy it while you can! The number of fairs you get to participate in are numbered.”

Eric Mars: “Younger members should try out as many activities or events that they can because they will never know what they enjoy unless they try.”

Bryce Rasmussen: “[One of my favorite memories is] competing at the National Meats Competition.”

Kim Sauer: “I have been in 4-H for 8 years and I have listened to and learned a lot from advice from others as they graduate. The one thing that I would love to share with others is: Take every chance you can get because one day that chance won’t be there and you’ll wish that you would have taken it at the time.”

Andrea Westra: “[One of my favorite memories is] when I hit my head on the trimming chute while getting my cow ready for fair. I didn’t think much of it and the next day I showed my animals and I was very dizzy, was sensitive to sound and had a horrible headache. Right after I was done showing my mom took me to the ER and I had a concussion.”

Jason Wittrock: “My favorite 4-H memory is hanging out at my camper with friends in between livestock shows.”

 

It is evident that the memories made and lessons learned in 4-H will remain with these graduates for years to come.

Congratulations O’Brien County 4-H Graduating Seniors! 

Congratulations to Our 2020 Fair Royalty!

Congratulations to the 2020 O’Brien County Fair Royalty!

 

2020 Fair Queen is Paige Dagel, daughter of Paul and Stacey Dagel of Sanborn. 2020 Fair King is Eric Mars, son of Kevin and Jennifer Mars of Paullina. 2020 Fair Princess is Sierra Stamer, daughter of Kevin and Karie Stamer of Hospers.

Other candidates are Emily Chicoine, Trey Haag, Olivia Grooters, Arianna Frerk, Claire Sells, Samantha Sauer, Samantha Noteboom, Jason Wittrock, and Jack Farquhar.

2020 Food for Fair

Message to our animal exhibitors and their families – due to the Corona 19 pandemic, we will not have our usual food court or 4H food stand available this year. We will have the Gobblestop truck and ice cream truck located next to the 4H food stand for your use. The Gobblestop is a fully licensed year-around food truck that met the covid restrictions when this started. Pam worked hard to get the ice cream truck licensed so we can have something normal at the fair. You may also bring food from home (please clean up after yourself) or visit the food establishments in Primghar (Pizza Ranch, Shortees, Pro-Go).