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Catching up with Meany

Laura Meany tries to go through everything that has occupied her week during the Mower County Fair in August. Meany showed seven types of animals at the fair, including pigeons, cows, horses, pigs, llamas, rabbits and goats. Herald file photo

Busy 4-H’er accomplished goal to show in every category By Matt Peterson

“I definitely think 4-H is going to be with me throughout life.”

matt.peterson@austindailyherald.com

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omething unprecedented happened inside the barns at the Mower County Fair this year. A 4-H’er with more ambition than the average teen set out to show an animal in every category of livestock shows, and she accomplished her goals. Meet Laura Meany. “It was definitely what I wanted to reach, but then I think about how I didn’t get to spend that much time with my friends,” said Meany, a 17-year-old from Rose Creek. “I don’t think I regret it because it was a lot of fun, and I learned so much this summer.” Meany is one of 460 4H’ers in Mower County and was one of nearly 350 to exhibit projects at the 2012, 128th annual Mower County Fair. At the fair, Meany ex-

-Laura Meany

hibited 11 rabbits, five pigs, five goats, two dairy calves, two pigeons, two sheep, one dairy steer, a llama and a horse, and that’s only a fraction of the amount of animals she

cared for and trained with during the summer. “It was pretty daunting for her to make all these connections for all the animals and all the money she spent,” said Meany’s

mother, Lyn. Meany leased animals from some farmers while leasing some of her own to others. As she grows in 4-H, she’s focusing more about the learning and

LEFT: Meany waits to compete during the horse competition of the Mower County Fair in August. RIGHT: Meany leads a calf along as she prepares for the fair.

leadership aspects. Meany was one of 20some 4-H’ers who were state ambassadors at the Minnesota State Fair this summer. Meany also showed several animals

and received several ribbons at the state fair. “It was different than what I expected, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Meany said. Meany has two years of 4-H eligibility remaining. Though she won’t show in every livestock category again, she’s excited to help others with their projects and to advocate for 4-H. She hopes to remain involved in 4-H in some way, such as being a chaperone or judge, as she grows into adulthood. “I definitely think 4-H is going to be with me throughout life,” she said. Lyn may notice more than others that her daughter has matured because of 4-H, as well. The responsibility, interaction with new people and sheer amount of work served Meany well. “I think it was a huge confidence builder for her,” Lyn said.


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Benjamin Miller (8), left, and brother Kenan (6) wave to the rest of the family as they ride the ferris wheel with their mom, Stephanie Miller, all of Austin, at the 2012 Mower County Fair. Photo provided

Despite drop in attendance, fair board happy with 2012 By Matt Peterson matt.peterson@austindailyherald.com

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he Mower County Fair Board and county officials overcame hurdles this year to make 2012 another successful fair. First, the fair board had 29 days to devise a plan for grandstand seating, of which they accomplished. Temporary seating was able to seat plenty of spectators for Motokazie Supercross, figureeight trailer races, demolition derbies and bullriding. “With grandstand challenges and a few other weather concerns we had, there’s always things like that from year to year that are different,” said Neal Anderson, fair board president. As always, weather played a factor, as Sunday was an all-day rainer. Sprinkles on two other fair nights had a minimal effect, as well. While fair attendance reached nearly 75,000 — down from 84,000 in 2011 — Anderson is still happy with the turnout and some of the new features at the fairgrounds. Aside from grandstand issues, Anderson is happy with a new, paved, handicap-only parking lot. A large gazebo for fair goers to get out of the rain or hot sun was a bonus, too. As always, a swarm of 4-H’ers, FFA students and open class exhibitors showed off their livestock, horticulture, posters, fashion and more. One 4H’er went as far to show an animal in every category of livestock. A new event, figure-eight trailer races, drew some extra interest, as well. The board plans to bring that event back for 2013 and make track improvements and extra preparations. “Overall, we were very satisfied,” Anderson said about the 2012 fair. “Our parking, our attendance, our beer garden and grandstand numbers were all well within lines of what we need to have a succussful event and do it again next year.”

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For a complete list, including 4-H livestock results, go to austindailyherald.com

Troy Peil, from left, Jordan Lenway, Dylan Golberg and Brandon Bickell wait out a passing rain storm from the entrance of the DNR Building at the Mower Country Fair.


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