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14-year-old 4-H’er earns Carroll County Fair’s top swine award

By Staff | Jul 17, 2015

-Farm News photo by Larry Kershner PARKER KLOCKE, 14, of rural Templeton, poses with the top prize in the Carroll County Fair swine show — grand champion market hog.


COON RAPIDS – At 14, he won the big award on July 10.

Parker Klocke, a member of the Carroll Clovers 4-H Club, placed the grand champion market hog trophy over his pig’s stall, following the swine show at the Carroll County Fair.

“We had an idea it would do pretty good,” Klocke said, recalling his assessment of the competition before the show.

His confidence was bolstered, he said, because the pig was doing well in jackpot shows around the Midwest, prior to July 10’s swine show in Coon Rapids.

-Farm News photo by Larry Kershner NATE VONNAHME, 16, of Carroll, poses with his reserve grand champion commercial gilt, trophy and ribbon on July10. Earlier in the day, he won the honor during the swine show at the Carroll County Fair.

The pig, purchased from Gibson Show Hogs in Guthrie Center, was finishing an average of third in its class in the jackpot shows, Klocke said.

But, Klocke said, he never knew for certain until the end.

“If it were a different judge,” he said, the result “could have been totally different.”

He said the judge liked the pig’s body shape, it was powerful in the back and walked well.

Klocke said his family raises pigs at home.

Across the aisle in the swine barn, was Nate Vonnahme, 16, of rural Carroll, caring for his reserve grand champion commercial gilt.

He brought a pig he purchased that he thought he could do well, but had no great expectations for the result.

“We had a good draw in the class,” Vonnahme said, “and the next thing you know we’re in the championship drive.

“She was a surprise.”

The judge said he liked the pig’s “sound body structure – a good, big belly – a nice top loin, walked well and drove the whole time,” Vonnahme said.

This was Vonnahme’s fourth year in the championship drive, he said, but the first time he placed.

Addison Klocke, of Carroll Clovers 4-H Club, was a three-purple ribbon winner with champion pen of three, champion commercial gilt and champion intermediate swine showmanship.

Oliver Connor, of the Richmond Hotshot 4-H Club, also garnered three purples – reserve grand champion market hog, champion purebred barrow and reserve champion pen of three.

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