4-Hers prepare animals to show at fair

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 Harry the Turtle, belonging to Hill & Dale 4-H member Gunnar Hale, was named Grand Champion of the 4-H Pet Show on Wednesday morning.
 Hale found Harry in the creek north of Jamestown three years ago, finally getting the turtle he's always wanted.
 "To take care of him, I clean his tank and feed him. He likes lettuce," Hale said.
Along with Harry, Hale has entries in buymanship and photography.
 While Harry and Hale are finished for the week, the rest of the 4-H members with animal entries spent Wednesday preparing their animals for showing.
 Ashley Bartlett, also a Hill & Dale member and last year's Goat Reserve Champion, explained all the work that went into getting her two goats, Midas and Star, Fair-ready.
 After getting Midas and Star in the Spring, Bartlett had to halter-break them, which involves getting them used to wearing a halter and walking them around, like she would in the Fair.
As the Fair gets closer, goats have to be groomed and the males have to be shaved to show off their muscles.
 "You have to make sure that they're all fit and that they don't weigh too much or too little," Bartlett said.
 A love for animals runs in the family. At home they have cattle, Bartlett said, and her older sister has a steer and her younger sister also brought goats to the Fair.
 The Miltonvale Hustlers, who toured each other's exhibits Wednesday afternoon, have a good number of animal entries which include the Wagners' two sheep, Bryson Schmidt's bucket calf, Ryan Perkins' six swine, and the Martins' two steers.
 Ryan Perkins, a Miltonvale High School graduate and current Cloud County Community College T-Bird, brings swine to the Fair every year. Perkins' mother, Jolana Perkins, is a leader of the Miltonvale Hustlers 4-H Club along with Deb Martin and Glenda Cyr.
 He has two breeding gilts, both Duroc breeds, one White Cross feeder swine, and three market swine – one Duroc, one White Cross, and one Hampshire.
"I do it to make money later on," Perkins said.
 The sheep show was Wednesday evening and the goat and swine show are Thursday morning, followed by the beef show in the evening.

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