2019 Logan County Fair

Rabbits and Poults get plenty of love from kids and the judges

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[July 31, 2019]  Rabbits and poultry were the stars of the shows on Tuesday morning at the Logan County Fair. The small animals are considered as livestock for 4-H judging, but take a look around and you’ll see that these furry and feathery beasts are just as loved by their handlers as any puppy or kitten.

And the animals know it too. They are gentle and laid back, especially the bunnies who have the temperament of Winnie the Pooh’s Eeyore and the soft cuddly cuteness of any child’s favorite stuffed animal.

But when they come before the judge it is tough competition, as the animals though of the same species, offer up a number of breeds and within each breed a variety of looks.

One of the most fun to see was the bunny that reminded us immediately of the aforementioned Eeyore as he laid sprawled out across his grooming table with his enormously long ears hanging over the edge.

Another was a cotton ball, literally. His hair was so long and so fuzzy that even a little queen couldn’t resist reaching out and burrowing her fingers in the thick fuzzy fur.

Speaking of royalty, the 2018 Miss Logan County Fair Queen Molly Schempp and Junior Miss Logan County Julia Collins were on hand at the start of the day. They stopped in to watch some of the shows, and hand out a few ribbons before they had to move on to the ribbon cut held at the west gate at 9 a.m.

Both young ladies were making the best of their last day as Logan County royalty. And, both were excited for the pageant that would come later in the day, and the young women who would be crowned to reign over the balance of the fair and represent the county in the coming year.

At the end of the day, the judge did have some tough decisions to make. Will Stambaugh had rabbits in most all of the classes and took home a lot of blue ribbons with his animals.

Ivy Sandel did a great job showing her rabbit and when it came time to choose a champion, it could have been a coin toss.

In the end, Ivy took the Grand Champion position winning Best of Breed and Champion Chicken. Ivy’s Best of Breed plaque was sponsored by Berglin’s Appliance Repair, and her champion Rabbit plaque was sponsored by Neal’s Trailer Repair.

Will took home multiple plaques as well. He first won the Best of Opposite Sex All Six Class Breeds sponsored by the Hollander’s 4-H Club. He then took the Best of All Six Class Breeds sponsored by Neal Tire Repair.

In addition, Will received a plaque for Senior Rabbit Showmanship, sponsored by Drew Behrens Family in memory of Arthur Behrens & Family.

Will was awarded Champion and Reserve Champion in the Rabbit Meat Pen class. His plaques were sponsored by Maxheimer Memorials by Teresa Stramp, and his grand champion ribbon and plaques were presented by Queen Molly Schempp and Junior Miss Julia Collins.

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Teresa (Maxheimer) Stramp was on hand early in the livestock barns. Many may recognize that for many years the Maxheimer family has sponsored plaques for the Best Chicken over on the poultry side of the barn, given in memory of Teresa’s mother Maxine Maxheimer. This year Stramp said that she and the family were still sponsoring the Best Chicken, but that they were sponsoring a number of other plaques as well including the ones for the rabbit show. She noted that the 4-H Foundation needs for people to step up and sponsor plaques and special awards, and the kids deserve the recognition.

Stambaugh’s final award was the Reserve Champion Rabbit

Over on the other end of the barn the poultry show started off strong with a long competition in all of the classes.

It appeared this year that numbers may have been up just a bit from last year in the poultry side. There also seemed to be a larger number of spectators watching the judging than in years past.

The west end of the barn was an active location for most of the morning, with kids hanging on to their chickens and waiting their turn to place them in the holding cages for the judge’s scrutiny.

While it was all business in front of the judge while waiting their turn, a few of the kids and their chickens were more than happy to ham it up for the camera, in a backward sort of way. For those who are not aware, the best way to hold a chicken is with the head tucked under the arm, so the poor birds never see where they are going, only where they have been!

The judge was enthusiastic and happy to talk to the kids and give them pointers along the way. He also spoke clearly and explained to those standing around the cages why he was making the decisions he was making.

In the end, we saw some familiar faces taking the top positions in the chickens.

Reed Naughton for the second year took the Best Chicken Award. The plaque was presented by Teresa Stramp's son Tanner and brother Dale Maxheimer in memory of Dale and Teresa’s mother Maxine Maxheimer.


Reed also won Champion Cockerel.

Natalie Palmquist and her little black and white bird won Champion Pullet.

[Nila Smith]

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