By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
The Houston County Holstein Club will be the host of three state Holstein shows held at the Houston County Fairgrounds on June 18-20.
The theme for this year’s show is “Holsteins in Quilt Country.” Instead of trophies, the class winners will receive the framed and matted quilt squares.
The quilts were made by Erna Krzebietke.
“This goes with the theme…. ‘Holsteins in Quilt Country’,” said one of the Houston County Holstein members, Karyl Diersen. “Erna Krzebietke designed and sewed all the awards.”
The fabrics were donated and Eric (Buck) Cordes helped frame them.
The Champion cows will receive embroidered table runners that are also quilted.
The Buckboard made the frames and the Eagles Nest helped with the matting.
The idea was hatched more than two years ago and has been in the making since the Holstein Club knew they’d be hosting.
“We knew we had to come up with an idea fast,” said Linda Kruse. “We promote the barn quilts so strongly in this community we knew this would be perfect.”
The best of the best Holsteins from across the state began to descend upon Houston county on Monday morning.
All Holsteins who enter must be present and accounted for by noon on Wednesday, June 18.
“We expect to have 244 head of cattle,” said Sue Meyer. “That is how many are signed up for the three shows. They will be the best cattle in Minnesota.”
A photo op was constructed that will be a replica of an old barn (made by Eric Cordes) with a barn quilt hanging from its peak.
A split rail fence along with plants, trees and shrubs (loaned by Meyer Gardens) and a sign with the show logo (made by J-Line Design) complete the photo area.
The Holstein Club will serve a complimentary supper to all exhibitors on Thursday evening before the show. The Houston County Cattlemen will grill the meat.
This meal was made possible by the generous donations of many area businesses.
The Minnesota Red & White Holstein show will be held Wednesday, June 18 in the Krech Arena.
The Holstein youth will have their turn to shine at the State Holstein Jr. show on Thursday, June 19. The largest of the three shows will take place on Friday, June 20 with the 2014 Minnesota State Holstein Show judged by Canadian judge Brian Carscadden.
Two hundred forty-four head of cattle are expected to be shown over the three days and Houston County will be well represented with local Holstein breeders showing 20-30 head.
The public is invited to watch any of these shows. There is no admission fee.
It will be a real treat to see some of the best Holsteins in the state of Minnesota right here in Houston County!
Houston County last hosted the event in 1999.