Show Days

Take a look at the 2019 DeKalb County 4-H Fair.

McKenzie Hall of Somonauk Haymakers shows her market hog at the fair.


Cole Gudmunson, Somonauk Haymakers, explains what he’s learned with judge Pat Kelly during the live evaluation portion of the Bucket Calf Class.


Abigail Fellows with Genoa Prairie Gems showed the champion pet rabbit and won junior showmanship during the rabbit show.


James Bend of Shabbona Pioneers talks to judge Phil Bartz about his poultry project and earned first place Asiatic Cockerel at the fair.


Moving out of the pen to the show ring, Jaedyn Slutz with Genoa Prairie Gems shows her market hog and is named Master Showman of the fair.


Drake Prestegaard of Shabbona Pioneers showed his steer and earned the Land of DeKalb Champion and Reserve Champion All Other Breeds.


In the Champion Drive for Beef Female, shown are (from left) Sara Johnson, Esmond Echoes; Tate Johnson, Shabbona Pioneers; and Addison Herrmann, Shabbona Pioneers; with their heifers. Johnson won Champion Beef Female.


Claire Roach of Esmond Echoes entered her flowers in the General Projects Show and explained her arrangement to judge Rod McQueen. She was named a state fair alternate.


Danielle Walter of Green Meadows received first place with her Standard Crossbred Hen.


Watching the sheep show ring side, this young boy sees Drake Slutz and Kara Giblin show their market lambs at the 4-H Fair.


Taylor Hulmes made this American flag for visual arts and received Best Beginning Original Wood Project for 9 years and under. Taylor explained her creation to Judge Cindy Mahan during the General Projects Show.


2019 DeKalb County 4-H Grand Champions

Market Steer – Brody Engel, Genoa Prairie Gems; Beef Female – Sara Johnson, Esmond Echoes; Dairy – Destiny Fogle, Somonauk Haymakers; Meat Goat – Tomi Harrod, Hinckley Harvestors; Market Goat – Trevor Rhoads, Genoa Prairie Gems; Dairy Goat – Kaylie Sell, Malta Mustangs; Overall Hog – Bailey Botterman, Genoa Prairie Gems; Market Barrow – Brian Roach, Malta Mustangs; Market Gilt – Bailey Botterman, Genoa Prairie Gems; Market Lamb – Paxon Hayes, Genoa Prairie Gems; Ewe – Jaedyn Slutz, Genoa Prairie Gems; Poultry of Show – Hunter Swanson, Genoa Prairie Gems; Rabbit of Show – Emily Trzynka, Genoa Prairie Gems; Market Pen of Rabbits – Emily Trzynka, Genoa Prairie Gems.

Brody Engel, Genoa Prairie Gems, Grand Champion Market Steer


Trevor Rhoads, Genoa Prairie Gems, Grand Champion Market Goat


The Botterman Family, with the Grand Champion Overall Hog shown by Bailey, Genoa Prairie Gems, (from left) Brooklyn, Scott, Bailey, Christy, Beau and Bria.


Paxon Hayes, Genoa Prairie Gems, Grand Champion Market Lamb