Christensen Field Starts to Fill Up For the 2017 Fremont 4-H Expo

FREMONT – The Fremont 4-H Expo kicked off on Wednesday with all the horse events. The day was proven to be a hot one, with temperatures reaching the near 90s.

It all started 87 years ago in 1931 as a two day, one or two county expo in downtown Fremont on South Broad Street at the sale barn, with the purpose of giving kids a place to show off their projects and hard work.

This expo has only grown since 1931, and for the 2017 Fremont 4-H expo, held at Christensen Field from July 12 to July 15, there are nine counties participating: Burt, Butler, Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington.

One thing that makes the 87th Fremont 4-H Expo different from all the other years is the name. In the past, this event has been called the “Fremont 4-H Fair”, but earlier this year, the Fremont 4-H board was given a photograph from the family members of a former board member who had passed away. Upon looking at the photo, they noticed it said “Fremont 4-H Expo”, rather than fair. In order to prevent confusion and also to bring everything back to its old roots, the board decided to change the name.

The expo includes 10 animal exhibits: beef, bucket calf, dairy cattle, dog, horse, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine, along with nine static exhibits, a few being: citizenship and civic education, clover kids and communication and expressive arts. The 2017 Fremont Expo King and Queen will be announced on Friday.

Kelly Witte, member of the Fremont 4-H Expo board, said that they are hoping with the schedule changes and the heat, they still see as many participants as they have in previous years. She said that last year, hog, sheep and goat numbers were higher, and she’s hoping that continues into this year.

“So we’re seeing positive things, so we hope that continues because it’s just a great opportunity for the 4-Hers and FFA students to get more practice with their animals before they get to the county and state fair and even Aksarben,” said Witte.

Kevin Prinz, president of the Fremont 4-H Expo board, has been a member of the 4-H family for a long time, and he loves being a part of it.

“Really I think it’s the whole thing – it’s the atmosphere, it’s the people you meet. I know as a family growing up with 4-H – our son was in 4-H for many years and the showing is one thing, the projects is one thing, but it’s the people you meet and the opportunities you get. 4-H has always been a part of many of our lives and we just kind of do it for the love of it,” said Prinz.

The 4-H parade is also now a part of the John C. Fremont Days Parade on Sunday. This change was made about 12 years ago to make things easier and more convenient for people, according to Prinz.

Prinz finished by saying that Fremont 4-H has experienced excellent support from the community through the banks and other entities around town. They run completely off of donations, so the more they get, the better off they are.

The Fremont 4-H Expo will be going on for the next two days, so don’t forget to stop by and get your animal fill in, while also showing some support for the participants who have worked so hard.

2017 Fremont 4-H Expo Horse Show Results

Senior Showmanship:

  1. Alexa Nichols – Sarpy County
  2. Jennifer Tidwell – Douglas County
  3. Megan Olson – Burt County

Junior Showmanship:

  1. Kyle Rehak – Cuming County
  2. Paige Bunn – Dodge County
  3. Landon Hasenkamp – Cuming County

Hunter Under Saddle – English Pleasure:

  1. Alexa Nichols – Sarpy County
  2. Megan Rezac – Saunders County
  3. Kayla Schwedhelm – Washington County

Hunt Saddle Equitation:

  1. Rachel Myers – Saunders County
  2. Erika Cruikshank – Washington County
  3. Megan Rezac – Saunders County

Western Pony Pleasure:

  1. Kyle Rehak – Cuming County

Western Pleasure – Senior:

  1. Payton Schiller – Cuming County
  2. Isabella Benoit – Washington County

Western Pleasure – Junior:

  1. Paige Bunn – Dodge County
  2. Madeline Spreeman – Saunders County

Western Horsemanship – Senior:

  1. Alexa Nichols – Sarpy County
  2. Kendra Loseke – Washington County

Western Horsemanship – Junior:

  1. Paige Bunn – Dodge County
  2. Landon Hasenhamp – Cuming County
  3. Kyle Rehak – Cuming County

Reining – Senior:

  • Casey Stone – Washington County – Red Ribbon

Reining – Junior:

  1. Madeline Spreeman – Saunders County
  2. Paige Bunn – Dodge County

Pole Bending – Senior:

  • Bailey Stoddard – 26.194 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County
  • Ethan Shaner – 28.556 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County
  • Cassidy Arp – 28.884 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County

Pole Bending – Junior:

  • Erika Cruikshank – 22.939 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County
  • Lakyn Humphrey – 29.863 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Burt County

Barrel Racing – Senior:

  • Cassidy Arp – 18.672 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County
  • Bailey Stoddard – 19.78 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County
  • Lauren Schwedhelm – 19.966 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County

Barrel Racing – Junior: 

  • Lakyn Humphrey – 17.69 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Burt County
  • Mason Stoddard – 22.041 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County
  • Taylor Arp – 22.929 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Washington County
  • Leah Clark – 22.983 seconds – Purple Ribbon – Burt County

HIGH POINT AWARD

  1. Paige Bunn – 27 points
  2. Madeline Spreeman – 23 points
  3. Erika Cruikshank – 22 points

**Results of the Fremont 4-H Expo will be posted on KHUB and KFMT’s websites, along with their Facebook pages, so stop back later to learn who the winners are of other events. **

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