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First annual 4-H Manitoba Fun Fest proves successful

The first annual Fun Fest, held in Carman July 11-13, proved to be a success despite sweltering heat. With temperatures reaching about 33 C each day, both the livestock and human participants had their share of challenges.

“Thankfully the Dufferin Ag Society has a great facility,” said Fun Fest chair Diane Kovar. “We had shade, water and everything we needed to host a great event.”

Fun Fest included horse, beef and dairy shows plus a banquet and several seminars.

“We offered sessions on photography, how to judge livestock, and even had a demonstration from the Office of the Fire Commissioner K-9 Search and Rescue team.

“The geocaching session was very popular, as was the trip to Roland to meet a giant pumpkin grower. Based on the evaluation forms, we feel that the first Fun Fest was a success and we look forward to learning from this year’s event and planning an even better one for next year,” she said.

The Manitoba 4-H Council has signed an agreement with the Dufferin Agricultural Society to hold the event for two more years in conjunction with the Carman Country Fair.

“I want to thank all of the volunteers who worked so hard, and all of the sponsors who helped fund the event,” said Kovar. “We hope to see everyone back again next year.”

Here is a list of the winners of Fun Fest competitions:

Beef Judging Competition: Senior — Helena Borst, Elm Creek Beef Club. Intermediate — Amanda McCullough, Graysville Beef Club. Junior — Taylor Carlson, Elm Creek Beef Club.

Horse Judging Competition: Senior — Helena Borst, Elm Creek Beef Club. Intermediate — Amanda McCullough, Graysville Beef Club. Junior — Jodie Davis, Rapid City Rodeo Club.

Project Books: Senior — Isabelle Lewis, Archie 4-H Light Horse and Pony Club. Intermediate — Bethan Lewis, Archie 4-H Light Horse and Pony Club. Junior — Alex McKay, Archie 4-H Light Horse and Pony Club.

Best Stall Card: Taylor Kinkead, Eriksdale Midnight Riders.

Equine Showmanship: Senior — Meghan Lee, Archie 4-H Light Horse and Pony Club. Intermediate — Kaelyn Dreger, Interlake Trailblazers. Junior — Meghan Sandercock, Morden Achievers.

Dairy Showmanship: Senior — Mark Sweetnam, Southeast Dairy Club. Intermediate — Cody Borst, Central Manitoba Dairy Club. Junior — Braden Hamming, Central Manitoba Dairy Club.

Beef Showmanship: Senior — Helena Borst, Elm Creek Beef Club. Intermediate — Naomi Best, Rivers 4-H Beef Club. Junior — Brady McLeod, Neepawa and Area Beef Club.

Supreme Showmanship: Overall and Senior — Isabelle Lewis, Archie 4-H Light Horse and Pony Club. Intermediate — Chris Jermey, Lakeside Beef Club. Junior — Brady McLeod, Neepawa and Area 4-H Beef Club.

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