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Perham FFA wraps up Minnesota State Fair with wins

The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 75th year, and Perham FFA celebrated several champions from the annual event.

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Perham FFA celebrated several champions from the annual event.
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PERHAM — It was a special year for the Minnesota State Fair, and it was a special time for members of Perham FFA. The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 75th year, and Perham FFA celebrated several champions from the annual event.

Ashton Hendrickson exhibited his Columbia sheep this year. For Hendrickson, the work started in fall 2021 to have them ready for the fair. Hendrickson’s preparation included breeding selections, ewe care during pregnancy, lamb care after birth and evaluating the lamb crop for the best of the best. Hendrickson’s Corriedale ram brought home the champion title. The process for Hendrickson is a grueling one that includes a call-back session.

Hendrickson and his parents were also honored as a Legacy Family. This means that Hendrickson was the fourth generation of FFA members to show at the state fair. All four generations were present to watch Ashton receive his honors: Great Grandfather Rowland Bauck, Grandma Dyann Tigges and his mother, Shanna Hendrickson.

Also exhibiting at the state fair was Macey Minten. This was her first year exhibiting at the fair with her three-year old cow. Minten has a passion for the dairy industry and is proud to share that even though she didn’t win any purple ribbons, she was recognized by a state judge for having a high-quality animal. This was exciting for her. She plans on continuing her breeding program and taking advice from the judges and returning next year, working just as hard.

In his final year of competing, James Minten put the second-to-last stamp on his FFA experience. He will receive his American FFA Degree this October and complete the trifecta of degrees.

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