2016 4-H Sheep Show going strong in
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[August 10, 2016]
one sheep, two sheep, three sheep... to sleep is said to be
soothing, and last Friday morning, it was a calm place to be as
numerous 4-Hers competed in the 2016 Sheep show at the Logan County
Three families made the four-hour show run like counting sheep.
Two Coers families were out in full support. There was John of
New Holland, and Jim of Mason City, who brought all their family
from wives to grown kids, grandkids and even the family dog who
herds, were there to work the show. There were even a couple of
family kids that competed and did well.
John serves as Superintendent and Jim as Assistant Superintendent
along with Steve Schreiner.
Factoid: How do you know one sheep from another when they look
According to the Logan County Fair rule book, "All ear tags,
tattoos, or horn markings must be visible for the ring clerks to
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On top of all that, many of the youth ran back and forth to the big
show barn as the Beef Show also began at 8 a.m., and most show more
than one animal in each show. While the temperature wasn't too bad,
they were working up a good sweat from moving all those animals.
The day ran smooth and when it came time for blue ribbons to return
to the ring for the top awards competition, to the appreciation of
all Coers' ramped up the announcing excitement with added fanfare.
His enthusiasm helps as youngsters entering their third hour of
bringing out various animals, many running back and forth between
two different shows, now are growing a bit weary
As the four-hour competition wound down, it was now the noon hour.
You can bet that everyone had been up early for chores on the farm
and at the fairground, and then in place well before the 8 a.m. show
began with their sheep and themselves groomed.
As the show came to an end, the Schreiner and Coers families had a
nice surprise. They brought in lunch so everyone could replenish
their energy and just stick around to enjoy visiting one another.
Pam Schreiner said in the years their kids were showing, they had
always talked about doing this; how nice it would be. The 4-H
families are all there together and hungry.
This was the first year the Schreiners, who raise sheep, didn't have
anyone competing. The youngest son, Garrett, has swept many awards
in past years, and still qualified to compete this year, but was
working a summer job. He heads off to college in the fall in pursuit
of a mechanical engineering degree he intends to use for
So, Steve and Pam could finally find time to prep a meal and bring
it to the fair for all the 4-H families to enjoy.
On the menu were lamb brats, green beans, and chips.
Steve smoked the brats in apple wood an hour-and-a-half. They were
so popular; some folks came back for seconds.
Fair President Dean Bruns was seen carrying three brat sandwiches.
Several others with the fair board and 4-H office joined the lunch,
appreciating the concept and the hospitality of the families.
Bloomington Meats processed the lamb brats served.