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County represents fair’s finest

By Staff | Jul 25, 2014

FFA State Sentinel Keylee Odden waters plants at North Dakota State Fair Center as part of her officer duties.

MINOT – Pierce County residents taking in the North Dakota State Fair from July 18 through today were greeted by some familiar faces, names and projects at the State Fair Center, leaving much to be proud of.

Newly appointed FFA State Sentinel Keylee Odden, a recent Rugby High School graduate, stayed busy throughout the fair with her officer duties, including water plants, weighing animals, working various livestock shows and more.

“It’s been fun,” she said. “People see us in the (FFA) polo, so they usually come up to us and ask where this or that is located.”

Odden wasn’t the only Rugby FFA?member representing at the fair. Nathaniel Bohl discussed his state fair reserve champion tractor restoration, which was displayed with just three other tractors in the front lobby of the State Fair Center.

With help from his father, Adam Lynn Bohl Sr., and four brothers, Nathaniel restored a 1965 Massey Ferguson. The recent RHS graduate estimated that a total of 250 man hours went into the restoration, which started with the tractor being taken apart down to the transmission.

“It’s kind of a nice feeling,” Nathaniel said. “We put a lot of time into it. It was hard work and I had a lot of help with it. It was a good feeling.”

Two of his older brothers are mechanics and a third went to school for electrical work, so the knowledge base was strong. Nathaniel took advice, but had to do much of the work. Looking at all the pieces was daunting at first, but the Bohls stuck with the project.

“We had to do a lot of extra work, but we figured we got it down that far, so we might as well put it together the right way,” he said.

Bohl also received praise for his poster, which he thanked VoAg teacher Lynne Ostrem for her assistance on.

Bohl was also named grand champion for woodworking for his use of a scroll saw.

Dozens of Pierce County students had work on display, as did adults from the area with paintings, photographs, food and more.

Rugby’s Chuck Repnow won best in show for specialty cakes with his Scandinavian almond cake. It was Repnow’s first entry in a state fair. He believes the consistency of the texture was a major factor for the judges.

“There are certain elements in certain recipes that you just connect with,” he said.

For more fair results see next week’s issue of the Tribune.

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