Long days for 4-Hers (and their parents)

Photos by Brittney Lohmiller/The Herald
Danielle Schnell of Celestine and her daughter Kinley, 8, napped in the sheep barn during the Dubois County 4-H Fair in Bretzville on Tuesday. “I’m tired, we had a long night,” Danielle said. “We had goats to show yesterday morning, then hogs and poultry. Then tonight we have sheep. In the end, it’s all worth it. The kids love it and the parents live on little sleep for the week. For more photos from the fair, click here.

By KATHLEEN MESSMER
Herald News Intern

BRETZVILLE — Enduring long days and hours of hard work, 4-H parents are by their children’s side through fair week.

“We got here at 7:30 a.m. and finished shows at 11 p.m. I didn’t go to bed until 3 a.m.” Danielle Schnell said.

She’s the mother of four children, all of whom show animals and create projects for the fair.

Though 4-H members dedicate themselves greatly, their parents put in much time and effort.

Danielle’s three daughters, Corbyn, 14, Raynie, 10, and Kinley, 8, and her son, Maddox, 13, show nearly every animal in the fair: sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and ducks. They also enter several projects and posters.

This is the first year that the Schnells have shown pigs. Kinley said she had fun doing that.

“Yeah but that was easy for her,” sister Raynie teased.

“We camp out back there because we live too far. We live on the other side of Patoka Lake,” Danielle said pointing toward the campers in the back of the fairgrounds. It is important for them to be near the animals because they must tend to them daily.

“Animals really give you the experience of hard work. They have to be fed, watered and cooled. You have to be responsible and get them ready for the show,” said Danielle.

Janel Verkamp is a mother of two young 4-H members. Her children Jarrett and Jaida show sheep and have entered projects such as gardening and ceramics.

“The animals are a neat experience,” Verkamp said. “With the animals you have to be really dedicated.”

Though the work is tough, the mothers would not trade the experience for the world.

“But, hey, it’s worth it, what they learn is amazing. They learn how to talk to people and how to talk to judges,” Danielle said.

“Jaida has learned to help out more. She even enjoys watching the shows she doesn’t compete in’ last night she watched the pig show,” Janel said about her 10-year-old.

“It’s amazing on the campground. The whole first row on the right, I didn’t know any of them before we started 4-H. Now the kids all hang out. It’s like a 4-H family,” Danielle said.

Addyson Kane of Huntingburg, 11, cleaned off her American paint horse, Tuff, before showing him during the Dubois County 4-H Fair at the fairgrounds in Bretzville on Tuesday. "He's got to get pretty after he rolled around in the arena this morning" Addyson said while washing Tuff. For more photos from the fair, click here.

What are your 4-H roots?

The theme of this year’s Dubois County 4-H Fair, “Rooted in 4-H,” means different things to different 4-H'ers.

Roots are established deeply and firmly and grow into something beautiful, just as each 4-H member. So what does “Rooted in 4-H” mean to you?

Ten-year 4-H member Anna Wagner’s roots started growing at a young age.

“I got started in third grade. I wanted to join because of my brother. He took rabbits and I wanted to do absolutely everything he did,” Wagner said. Anna takes rabbits and baskets to the annual fair. She also presented a poster on a common rabbit disease called Spirochetosis, which was selected to move on to the Indiana State Fair.

“To me, 4-H means my family and friends. They have always been here for me and have done a lot for me. It’s become a family thing. My mom and dad became leaders and still are. This is my last year and my dad still wants to be involved,” Wagner said.

Miss Photogenic Olivia Brames also thinks of her roots as a family affair.

“I think a lot about family. My dad did 4-H when he was younger and now he helps us with our projects, so I feel like it’s my family roots,” Brames said.

Brames said she has learned time management through 4-H.

“Especially in the summer trying to balance work and band and all of our projects, and now this,” she said as she motioned to the queen’s court. Her projects include ceramics, photography, painting and metal craft.

Teen Miss Second Runner Up Leah Wilmes attributes her roots to her dedication.

“To me, being rooted means dedication and really being into it. 4-H has helped me grow in communication. Doing my baskets and ceramics, I’ve had to communicate a lot with what I want to do and things like that,” Wilmes said.

Ella Schue of Jasper, 8, practiced working with a cow to prepare to show later in the week during the Dubois County 4-H Fair at the fairgrounds in Bretzville on Tuesday.  For more photos from the fair, click here.

Showing talent

“If you’ve got a talent, come on up here and show us. We’d love to see it!” Katie Stenftenagel encouraged the crowd. Stenftenagel and the 4-H Junior Leaders put on a talent show Tuesday night at the Dubois County Fair.

The opening act featured a mystical magic duo. Brother and sister Molly and Jack Keusch put on an intriguing magic act. Molly even cut her brother’s finger in half, as Jack yelled, “Ew, look, blood!”

Several talented singers also entertained the audience. Grace Kleumper, Jennifer Kleumper and Jennifer Frank all showcased their singing abilities.

“I figured we could all use a little extra grace,” Frank said as she took the stage to sing “Amazing Grace.”

Emma Uebelhor and Emma Hassfurther humored the audience with a series of farm jokes read from their phone.

“Why shouldn’t you tell a secret on a farm?” Hassfurther asked Uebelhor.

“I don’t know. Why?” 

“Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears!”

Korey Verkamp clogged to the song “Hands Clap.” She has been clogging for eight years.

“I don’t have my clogging shoes because this is really unexpected,” Verkamp laughed before she began. The 21-year-old has been a 4-H leader for two years.

Miss Dubois County Melanie Roberts, Katie Stenftenagel and Hannah Mehringer also wowed the crowed with a dance number. They performed a line dance to Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl.”

With the conclusion of the show, Stenftenagel explained her favorite part of the fair.

“I love seeing everyone come together. It’s cool for kids to get to see animals they may not normally get to see and projects the 4-H members have worked so hard on,” Stenftenagel said.

 

Dubois County 4-H Fair Schedule

The Dubois County 4-H Fair officially kicked off Monday and runs through Friday; however, several events are slated for this weekend. Here’s the 4-H Fair schedule:

 

Monday

Donor of the day: German American

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

9 a.m. Goat show and showmanship, SC

5 p.m. 4-H fair grand opening celebration, EB1 and EB2

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

6 p.m. Poultry, ducks and turkey show, SAB

6 p.m. Swine show and showmanship, SC

6:30 p.m. Junior and Senior English horse show, HPA

6-8 p.m. Quilt exhibit, CP

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6-10 p.m. Carnival rides, MW

7 p.m. Brandt Carmichael, FS

 

Tuesday

Donor of the day: Rural King

7 a.m.–9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

5:30 p.m. Public speaking and demonstrations, CP

6 p.m. Sheep show and showmanship, SC

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6-10 p.m. Carnival Rides, MW

6-9 p.m. Caricature, GPT

6 p.m. Face painting, GPT

6:30 p.m. Junior gaming horse show, HPA

7 p.m. Kiddie pedal pull, CP

7:30 p.m. Talent night, FS

 

Wednesday

Donor of the day: Superior Ag

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

1 p.m. Beef showmanship, SC

2 p.m. Cat judging, CP

5 p.m. Beef show, SC

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

6 p.m. Leukemia Foundation, CP

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6-10 p.m. Carnival rides, MW

6:30 p.m. Senior gaming horse show, HPA

6:30 p.m. Grupo Guanaco-Latino Music Act, FS

7 p.m. Robotics and project demonstration night, CP

7 p.m. Car and truck flat drag racing, GSA (admission, $10; no pit pass)

 

Thursday

Donor of the day: Dubois REC

6:45-9 a.m. 4-H fishing contest, CP/South Lake

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

9 a.m. 4-H dog obedience judging and agility, CP/agility course

12:30 p.m. Supreme livestock showmanship, SC

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

5-7 p.m. Family fun night, CP

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6 p.m. WBDC cornhole tourney of champions

6-10 p.m. Carnival rides, MW

6-9 p.m. The Hiding, FS

5:30 p.m. Celebrity livestock showmanship, SC

7 p.m. Tug of war, GSA (4-H and open)

 

Friday

Donor of the day: Blesch Bros. Equipment

Senior day: Age 55 and older

7 a.m.- 9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

9 a.m.-noon Senior (55-plus) activities, EB1 and EB2

9 a.m.-noon 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

5 p.m. 4-H awards ceremony, CP

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6 p.m. Horse and pony fun show, HPA

6-10 p.m. Carnival rides, MW

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6:30 p.m. Cloggers performance, CP

7 p.m. ATV flat drag racing, GSA (admission, $10; no pit pass)

 

Saturday

Donor of the day: Boberg Crop Insurance

6-11 a.m. Animal check-out by species, livestock and barn areas

8 a.m.–1 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibition check-out, EB1 and EB2.

6 p.m. Lawnmower and car demolition derby, GSA (admission, $10; pit pass, $20)

Monday, July 23

4:30-7:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibition check-out, EB1 and EB2.

 

Upcoming events

Sunday, July 29: Noon, motocross racing; 9 a.m., registration ($10 admission, no pit pass).

Saturday, Aug. 11: Donor of the day, Jasper Engines & Transmissions; 5 p.m., truck and tractor pull (check-in beginning at 1 p.m.); $5 admission. Rain date: Sunday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. (check-in beginning at 10 a.m.)

 

Event locations

AFO: Annex/Fair Office

GSA: Grandstand Arena

CP/CPO: Clover Pavilion/Office

HPA: Horse and Pony Arena

CmB: Commercial Building

IF: Implement Field

CtB: Cattle Barn

MW: Midway

EB1: 4-H Exhibit Building

SAB: Small Animal Building

EB2: 4-H and Open Class Exhibit Building

SC: Show Corral

ShB: Sheep Barn

FS: Free Stage

SwB: Swine Barn

GPT: Gathering Place Tent

TBA: To Be Announced




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