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Vernon County Dairy youth honored at Dairy Gala


October 27, 2021

Front row from left: dairy youth Jed Olson, Tavin Hagen, Maci Krause, Joelan Satona, Braxton Satona, and Carter Rogers. Second row from left: Erin Torgerson, Katy Torgerson, Jayden Satona, Greg Daines, Embroidery & More, Orlan Bakkum, board member, Vernon Electric, Dan Kanis, Nelson Agri-Center. Back row from left: dairy youth Ty Harbaugh, Mike Hall, Koon Kreek Feeds, Linda Schulte, Valley Fudge & Candy, Sue Klingaman, Organic Valley, and Dr. Nora McLaughlin, Cashton Veterinary Clinic. Missing from the photo were Kerry Theige, WCCU, and Trista Rumppe, dairy youth.

At this year's Cheese of Champs Sale held during the Vernon County Dairy, the county Dairy Youth Fund sold four blocks of five-pound Aged Cheddar Cheese manufactured from milk produced from cows exhibited at the 2019 Vernon County Fair and four themed baskets to benefit the county dairy youth.

That support allows for 50% of the proceeds from the NEW Cheese of Champs Sale (which replaced the 20-year-old Dairy Champion Ribbon Sale) to go to our dairy youth who received Supreme Champion of the Grade & Registered Jr. Show, showmanship winners as well as lottery showmanship winners in each of the four age divisions. The other 50% of the proceeds go towards farm tours, $500.00 scholarships toward advanced education, dairy judging, dairy bowl, dairy career videos, dairy career speaker panels, Snow Day Funday, Make It with Milk Day, Day of Dairy, dairy youth T-shirts, triple show premiums, and showmanship premiums for Jr. dairy exhibitors at the county fair, trips to World Dairy Expo, and the Outstanding Jr. & Sr. Dairy Youth Awards.

At the Dairy Gala, the generous buyers at the 2021 Cheese of Champs Sale and our individual youth that benefitted from their generosity were honored.

The buyers of the themed baskets were:

Valley Fudge & Candy

Vernon Electric


Embroidery & More

The buyers of the Cheese blocks were:

Embroidery & More

Cashton Veterinary Clinic

Koon Kreek Feeds

Nelson Agri-Center

Organic Valley

Ten individual dairy youth were also honored at the Dairy Gala with cash awards:

The Supreme Champion of the Registered Jr. Dairy Show, exhibited by Tavin Hagen, son of Trevor & Traci Hagen & Austin & Syneve Jones

The Supreme Champion of the Grade Jr. Dairy Show, exhibited by Jayden Satona, son of Michael & Hollie Satona

Dairy showmanship winners:

• Grade 3-4 winner, Maci Krause, daughter of Christopher & Jill Krause

• Grade 5-6 winner, Jed Olson, son of Jeff & Ashley Olson

• Grade 7-8 winner, Tavin Hagen, son of Trevor & Traci Hagen & Austin & Syneve Jones

• Grade 9-13 winner, Ty Harbaugh, son of John & Jeri Harbaugh

Dairy showmanship lottery winners, giving all dairy youth the luck of the draw to be recognized for their hard work:

• Grade 3-4, Braxton Satona, son of Stephanie Hocking & Michael & Hollie Satona

• Grade 5-6, Joelan Satona, son of Michael & Hollie Satona

• Grade 7-8, Carter Rogers, son of Drew & Jessica Rogers

• Grade 9-13, Erin Torgerson, daughter of Dale & Brenda Torgerson, Trista Rumppe, daughter of Steve & Dawn Rumppe, and Jayden Satona.


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