SPRINGFIELD – Carroll and Stephenson county 4-H members were among winners Aug. 19 in the 2017 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at the Illinois State Fair.
A group of 39 contestants from 22 counties took part in the competition. Local 4-H members named to the Illinois 4-H Dairy Judging Team are Jared Dickman from Stephenson County and Connor Erbsen from Carroll County. First alternate is Payton Erbsen from Carroll County.
In the Top 10 Senior Division, of 4-H members who were 14 and older as of Jan. 1, Dickman placed first with 347 points. Payton Erbsen was second with 341 points, while Connor Erbsen took third with 325 points. Other Carroll County winners were Dylan Houzenga, at fourth with 323 points, while Nathan Erbsen took 11th place with 307 points and Rachel Scidmore placed 13th with 297 points.
In the Top 5 Junior Division, with 4-H members who were 13 or younger by Jan. 1, Megan Busker of Stephenson County took first place with 251 members. Delana Erbsen from Carroll County placed third, with 242 points. Nevin Erbsen from Carroll County took eighth place, with 224 points, while Alaina Dinderman placed ninth with 216 points.