Minnesota poultry industry crowns 2018 royalty

posted Sept. 4, 2018 8:05 a.m. (CDT)
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Isaac Dubois of Mora, Minn., in Kanabec County and Eleanor Weckwerth of Dassel, Minn., in Meeker County were granted “Gold’n opportunities” Aug. 26 after being crowned as the ninth annual Poultry Prince and Princess during the Minnesota State Fair.

The scholarship program of Minnesota 4-H and Gold’n Plump, a Pilgrim’s brand, recognizes the industry knowledge, leadership and skills of Minnesota’s up-and-coming poultry experts by awarding two teens with poultry ambassador titles and $1,000 academic scholarships.

Eligible Minnesota State Fair 4-H poultry participants competed from Aug. 23-26 in the scholarship program at the state fairground. Dubois and Weckwerth claimed the title after ranking high in the qualifying rounds of the 4-H Poultry Interview, Quiz and Showmanship competition; the 4-H Chicken BBQ Contest; and the Q&A and Stage Presence final round.

Sunday’s finals required the top six contestants to showcase their poultry knowledge with strong stage presence and personality, answering questions such as “How often do most hens lay eggs?” and “How do you protect your chickens from Minnesota’s heat in the summer and cold in the winter?”

Along with $1,000 scholarships, the Poultry Prince and Princess will have the opportunity to expand their speaking, interview and presentation skills through industry and publicity appearances during their yearlong term and will receive royal portraits created by the official state fair artist Kristi Abbott. They also participated in the state fair parade.

Runners-up were Issac Tesch from Carver County, Kayla Lenzmeier from Isanti County, Ruby Radunz from Meeker County and Simon Otto from Wright County.

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