Horse Shows Kick Off Minnesota State Fair, Livestock Barns Ready for 4-Hers

August 21, 2018 08:51 PM

Beginning Wednesday morning, animals may outnumber people at the Minnesota State Fair. For now, it's the horses and their riders who get the fairgrounds to themselves.

Competitions are underway and will continue into the night Tuesday.


In fact, nine-year-old Ivy Lampert is already done showing her horse Elliot.

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"He was a little fresh in the beginning but then he was perfect," Lampert said.

She talked about her fondness for the great Minnesota get-together.

"It's like my favorite thing, it's just seeing all my friends and doing what I love and stuff," she added.

It ranks right up there with the love for her horse.

Across the street, the cattle barn is ready and waiting.

"Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning is a big part of what we've been up to," said Milking Parlor Superintendent and Moo Booth Coordinator, Doris Mold.

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The milking station is sanitized and ready to go after clearing inspection Tuesday. The only buzz in the barn is the rotating fans, but this calm before the storm ends in just a few hours.

"There will be an immense amount of energy going through this barn, coming both from cattle as well as 4-H kids and their families and it's really an exciting time," Mold said.

6,000 4-Hers will begin to arrive at the State Fair Wednesday, and about a third of those will be working with animals.


Jessica Miles

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