September 5, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.
The Celebrity Dairy Show along with the Alumni Dairy and Alumni Beef Showmanship Contests, also put on by the Foundation, raised $2,600 to be used in local 4-H programs.
"All the money that we raise stays in Clayton County to help county 4-H youth," Leah Henkes, a volunteer for the Foundation, said.
In all, 16 local and state celebrities led animals in the Celebrity Dairy Show. Each of the celebrities had a sponsor who paid a $100 entry fee. All dairy and beef animals led by the celebrities and alumni were 4-H or FFA project animals shown earlier that day in the dairy show.
Norm Nabholz from West Union, Iowa, served as judge for the celebrity and alumni dairy shows. Nabholz, a nationally recognized dairy cattle judge and pedigree reader at many dairy cattle sales, analyzed the showmanship skills of each participant and also asked them questions about the animal they were showing.
Nabholz selected four finalists. In the final lineup were Mike Tschirgi, Clayton County Sheriff; Emily Oberbroeckling, a lending officer at Freedom Bank in Elkader, Iowa; Matt Henkes, a dairy science major at Iowa State University from Luana, Iowa, and Matt Gaul, a cattle producer and president of the Clayton County Cattlemen's from Strawberry Point, Iowa. In his final decision, Nabholz tapped Oberbroeckling as the celebrity showmanship winner. Henkes won the People's Choice Award, which was determined by how much money was raised for each celebrity participant from donations from the audience. The People's Choice Award brought in a total of $600. Oberbroeckling was sponsored by Freedom Bank while Henkes's sponsor was Bruce Olson, Olson Hooftrimming, of Monona, Iowa. Both Oberbroeckling and Henkes exhibited dairy cattle at the Clayton County Fair during their years as 4-H members.
The Celebrity Dairy Show was started three years ago by the Clayton County 4-H Foundation and is held every other year as it alternates with the Celebrity Beef Show. The Alumni Dairy and Alumni Beef Showmanship Contests have been held each year. Each entrant in those two contests pays $20 for the opportunity to compete.
The Clayton County 4-H Foundation is an appointed committee that also puts on a 4-H Golf Tournament and a Casino Night.
"We want to ensure that we will have funding for 4-H programs in Clayton County in the future," Trent Henkes, a Foundation committee member, said.
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