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4-H pet show rounds out day of events at Rock County Fair

Seven contestants competed in the 4-H Pet Show Friday afternoon at the Rock County Fair in Luverne. Standing (from left), contestants Danette Leenderts, Ashlyn Johnson and Brock Harnack wait patiently while Christian Kruse speaks with judge Megan Prins about his goat Sweet Pea. Kruse took Grand Champion honors in the show. Johnson was the Reserve Champion with her Dwarf Hamster, Kibbles. (Robin Baumgarn/Daily Globe)

LUVERNE — The only thing higher than the heat index were the spirits of seven contestants who competed in the 4-H Pet Show Friday afternoon at the Rock County Fair.

Each contestant received a purple ribbon for their efforts, and two took home championship honors.

Nancy Sandager, program coordinator for 4-H, said the competition was open to 4-H exhibitors of all ages. However, contestants are typically younger children. This year’s winner, Christian Kruse of the Magnolia Juniors 4-H Club, is 12 years old.

This was Kruse’s second year competing in the pet show, and the second time he has shown a goat. Last year, Kruse won a blue ribbon with his previous goat. This year, Sweet Pea brought home top honors.

“Showing goats is fun,” said Kruse, adding that he intends to continue competing with Sweet Pea in future 4-H events.

Kruse and Sweet Pea had a wide array of competition. Cassie Flanagan and Brock Harnack both showed rabbits named Tootsie and Minnie, respectively. Cats Ranger and Silver were the pets of Alex Hartman and Danette Leenderts.

Meanwhile, Kellie VanDerBrink showed the only dog, AJ, while reserve champion Ashlyn Johnson handled the lone dwarf hamster Friday evening.

Friday night’s fair activities wound down with an antique tractor parade and a concert by the Arch Allies. Today, the fair wraps up with the 4-H Horse Games Show at 11 a.m. followed by the Kids Pedal Pull at 2 p.m. Tonight, the Bio Fuels Enduro Race gets under way at 7 p.m.