Junior Exhibitor Spotlight presented by Case IH

The Junior Livestock Exhibitor Spotlight, presented by Case IH, showcases Wisconsin State Fair youth who would have been in their last year of eligibility to participate in the junior show in 2020.

The Junior Livestock Show is open to any boy or girl age 12-19 that is an active member of a Wisconsin animal-based youth organization such as 4-H or FFA.

See below for details on what these junior exhibitors love about showing their animals and more!

Junior Livestock Exhibitor Spotlight presented by Case IH

Junior Show Exhibitors

Breanna Fritsch
Freedom, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
6 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Always do showmanship even if you don’t want to.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Winning isn’t everything; the memories are.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
Knowing that all my friends I don’t get to see all the time will be there showing with me.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
Winning Junior Champion of the Guernsey Show in 2017 and 2018.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Eat a cream puff and get ice cream.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Having my dream job and being an Adult Facilitator at Wisconsin State Fair.

Hailey Hendrickson
Cambria, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
7 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Take the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. If you have the opportunity show show multiple species, do it.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing has taught me patience, responsibility, hard work pays off, how to connect with and communicate with all different kinds of people and raising and showing livestock is something I will always have as a part of my life.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
The banners, the adrenaline and seeing friends I only get to visit with at Wisconsin State Fair.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
Winning Reserve in Show during the 2019 Junior Rabbit Show. Also, it’s not my favorite memory but it certainly was memorable…during the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, I showed during the Junior Dairy Cattle Show, Open and Junior Rabbit Shows, Open Swine Show, Open Beef Show and helped during the Open Sheep Show.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Eat a cream puff, ride the Skyglider and have apple cider donuts.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
This fall I will be a sophomore at South Dakota State University. I’m double majoring in Dairy Production and Swine with a minor in Animal Health. In the next five years, I hope to be working toward a Master’s Degree related to animal disease or animal nutrition or applying to vet school.

Serenity Hetke
Ladysmith, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
7 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Don’t wait to make friends! Introduce yourself on the first day of your exhibit.

What has showing livestock taught you?
The biggest thing I have learned from showing cattle is seeing things from someone else’s perspective, whether  the judge has a different opinion, the way other exhibitors prep their animals or Fairgoers asking questions about the care of animals.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
My family has always shown and it is my motivation to continue the legacy.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
In 2019 I walked in the ring with my favorite cow and had the honor of walking out with the Third Overall Supreme Bred and Owned award.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Every year at Wisconsin State Fair, my dad and I have a daddy daughter date to get Cedar Crest ice cream.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In five years I will have graduated from college with my degree in dairy science and I will be apprenticing ans a cheesemaker in Wisconsin.

Tanner London
Clinton, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
7 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Don’t get discouraged. Continue to work hard. Watch and learn from senior showmen. They are always happy to help.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Responsibility. Animals cannot care for themselves. You are their everything. Patience. Patience. Patience.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
Winning Reserve Overall Sow in 2015. It was my first year showing in the Open Breeding Swine Show.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
The Wisconsin Products Pavilion is a MUST! Grilled cheese and pizza please!!!

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I graduated in 2019 and started working. The connections I made showing livestock throughout the years helped me get good paying jobs I enjoy.

Helayna Nerby
Holmen, WI

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Remember to have the most fun possible! Ribbons are cool and all, but the friendships and the memories you make at Wisconsin State Fair will last a lifetime.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me how to be passionate in all things I do. Having passion allows me to be fully committed to my livestock so they can lead the best life possible.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
My favorite memory at Wisconsin State Fair is winning the 2019 Supreme Champion Dairy Goat Showman.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
I am motivated by the memories and friendships created at previous Wisconsin State Fairs. It’s almost like Christmas; I’m awaiting my favorite time of year.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Every year I walk through the Youth Expo Hall. Whether it be art, photography, or music productions,  I enjoy looking at all the talent Wisconsin youth has to offer.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I am a graduate of Western Technical College with an Associates Degree in Agribusiness and Science Technology. I do hope to continue my education by transferring to a 4 year school, majoring in Agriculture Education while continuing to grow and improve my current dairy goat herd.

Montana Sarbacker
Verona, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
7 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Enjoy every moment; before your know it your time as a junior exhibitor will be complete.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock flourished my passion for the Agriculture industry, which has led me to my choice of college and career path.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
The people. Not only do I love connecting with other livestock exhibitors across the state where I have made life-long friends, Wisconsin State Fair also provides a great opportunity to educate the public while sharing my passion for the agriculture and dairy industries.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
All the early mornings and late nights spent in the barns with my county.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Every year the exhibitors of our county take a trip down the Giant Slide together.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years I plan to obtain my degree in Agribusiness and Marketing and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. I also hope to continue to grow my family’s show heifer and boarding business.

Taylor Schaefer
Franksville, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
8 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Don’t take showing/raising livestock for granted. Growing up raising cattle has impacted me far more than any other sport or activity ever has, and it goes by fast! Thank your family every once in awhile too; they sacrifice and give a lot in order for you to be here!

What has showing livestock taught you?
How to manage my time well no matter the situation, how to step out of my comfort zone in more ways than one and most importantly how to wake up for an early morning alarm!

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
To be able to be in the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction and participate in the Camp of Champions.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
Participating in the Camp of Champions and Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction with the Champion Hereford Steer in 2018 and 2019.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Every year I get a baked potato from the Wisconsin Products Pavilion, walk through the entire Exposition Center with my mom and ride the Skyglider with friends!

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I will be a Junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall where I am double majoring in Animal Sciences and Life Sciences Communication. In the future I hope to stay involved in the livestock industry through a career in marketing/communications.

Logan Schmitz
Mineral Point, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
8 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Make the most of the time you have and enjoy it!

What has showing livestock taught you?
Discipline and the drive to work hard.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
The ultimate goal of winning.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
Winning the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Swine show.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Eat cinnamon rolls and work in the Grilled Cheese stand.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Becoming an electrician through the electrical apprenticeship program.

Martina Schulz
Pittsville, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
8 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Be patient. Not everything is going to happen overnight. A little bit of progress does add up over time whether it be working on showmanship with your animal or raising your animal to its best potential.

What has showing livestock taught you?
How to be accountable. Sometimes motivation is not going to be there. There will be days you will want to give up and quit but you can’t. I was once told by a mentor of mine that if you aren’t out in the barn, no one else is going to do it for you. Accountability is key to being successful at anything you do.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
The possibility of doing great and showing off everything I have busted my butt for all summer, and most of all, the opportunity to learn and grow.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
Being in the Camp of Champions. I made so many friends with people from all over the state and bonded with kids who do what I do and understand why I do it.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Go down the Giant Slide with my livestock friends and have a Wisconsin baked potato.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I recently graduated from Southwest Technical College with high honors majoring in Agribusiness Science and Technology-Animal Science. I was hired before graduation and now work full time.

Nathan Thompson
Woodville, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
3 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
It is okay to be nervous, or even frightened. Wisconsin State Fair is a time to grow, and show what you have worked on all year. Practice and be confident with your animal, and others will take notice.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing sheep and poultry has taught me the importance of patience. You don’t win the show on show day. Raising any animal requires care, attention and dedication all year long.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
Showing at Wisconsin State Fair means proudly representing your county and showcasing your growth in your projects. It is inspiring to see how my entries compare to those from around the state.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
My favorite memory of Wisconsin State Fair is exploring the Fairgrounds with my friends in the 4-H State Drama Company. After performing in the Youth Expo Building, we ride the Skyglider and dance at the music venues to celebrate our time together.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Every year my family goes to the Wisconsin Products Pavilion after a long day of work and enjoys the potatoes, cherries, dairy products, and of course, the FFA ice cream stand.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years, I will be working to obtain my degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I hope to build a career that uses my experiences in agriculture, hands-on activities, as well as my love of science and engineering.

Hannah Tremaine
Oconomowoc, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
7 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
Find every way you can to be involved at Wisconsin State Fair. Participate in the educational contests, the livestock shows and showmanship. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone so you can grow!

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me to be more dedicated and passionate. I have learned that you are often rewarded for the work you do; the more you work for something, the greater the reward.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
Wisconsin State Fair has great livestock and the most passionate livestock youth from across the state. It is fun to spend the week among these passionate individuals and compete with our livestock.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
My favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory was the 2018 Fair. My friend and I both did well in the Knowledge Masters contest, I was Supreme Beef Exhibitor and I got to show my favorite heifer.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Every year, I visit the Wisconsin Products Pavilion and try many of the things that are made locally in Wisconsin!

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In five years, I hope to have a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a job in the school system. I also hope to still own and manage several cows on the family farm.

Allyson Whitcomb
Gratiot, WI

How many years have you shown livestock at Wisconsin State Fair?
7 years

If you could share some advice with a young showman what would it be?
I would tell young showmen not to take their junior years for granted; the years fly by so enjoy every minute of it because you never know when you will be exhibiting at your last show.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me to work hard and stay humble.

What motivates you to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year?
The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction motivates me to show at Wisconsin State Fair every year. The auction highlights the state’s best market animals each year, and it is an honor to walk your animal across the stage.

What is your favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory?
My favorite Wisconsin State Fair memory was getting Reserve Grand Champion Steer in 2014. That win was very special to me because I got to do it alongside my best friend Lauren.

What is something you do every year at Wisconsin State Fair?
Every year I eat a baked potato at Wisconsin State Fair.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next 5 years I see myself continuing to work on our family farm.