Samuel Dammann and Audrey Weckwerth Named Minnesota Poultry Prince & Princess® at 2019 State Fair

The scholarship program of Minnesota 4-H and Gold’n Plump® recognizes the industry knowledge, leadership and skills of Minnesota’s up-and-coming poultry experts by awarding two teenagers with poultry ambassador titles and a $1,000 academic scholarship.

Scholarship Winners

From Aug. 21-25, 2019, eligible Minnesota State Fair 4-H poultry participants competed in the contest at the State Fairgrounds.

Samuel and Audrey stood out among the contestants, claiming the title after ranking highly in the qualifying rounds of the 4-H poultry interview, quiz and showmanship competition; the 4-H chicken BBQ contest; and the Q&A and stage presence final round. Runners up included:

  • Grant Haferman of Goodhue County
  • Ruby Radunz of Meeker County
  • Cheylub Schmitt of Scott County
  • Jessica Waldron of Steele County

“I’m excited for this opportunity to be the Poultry Prince because it will help me further my career in the poultry industry and it will help me spread awareness,” said Dammann. “It will also help me further the careers of younger kids who might not have this experience or understand what it’s about.”

“I’m excited to have won this opportunity because I have seen first-hand the opportunities that the Poultry Prince & Princess competition has given to past participants and from this opportunity I hope to gain leadership skills and communication skills and to use my platform to communicate successfully with the public,” added Weckwerth.

Along with $1,000 scholarships, the Poultry Prince & Princess will have the opportunity to expand their speaking, interview and presentation skills through industry and public appearances during their year-long term. They also had the chance to participate alongside Minnesota 4-H in the State Fair parade on Sunday.

Prince and Princess

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About Extension 4-H

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