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84 youth participate in county land judging contest
Photo supplied Trevor Gilson of York 4-H won the Newell B. Smith award among students judging in residential, transportation and recreational land use during the 2009 Green County Land Judging Contest.
MONROE - The 2009 Green County Land Judging Contest was held Monday, July 13, at the Steve and Heidi Digman farm and the Henry and Mary Joyce Blumer farm, west of Monroe. Those participating were the York 4-H club, as well as FFA chapters from Albany, Belleville, Cashton, Cassville, Hillsboro, Janesville Craig, Lancaster, Monroe, Monticello, New Glarus, Potosi, Shullsburg, and Sparta. A total of 84 youth participated in the contest.

The results are as follows: Top Individual was Shea Esser of River Ridge. Chris Udelhofen of Potosi placed second and Kelli Cliff of River Ridge placed third. Local students in the top 10 were Danny Nolden of Belleville placed fourth. Curt Marzolf of Monroe placed fifth and Logan Wells, also of Monroe, placed seventh.

In team results, Potosi placed first, Cashton second, River Ridge third, Cassville fourth and Belleville fifth.

The Newell B. Smith award went to Trevor Gilson of York 4-H. This competition is for 4-H students only in the judging of residential, transportation and recreational land use.

Thanks go to Rufer and Son for digging the pits for the contest. Coplien Painting donated the Newell B. Smith award. The Monroe Moose Lodge provided pit bosses for the contest and had an excellent lunch afterwards. Donna Ferrin-Guy and Chance Vogel of the Natural Resources Conservation Service were the official judges of the contest. And of course, a big thanks to Steve and Heidi Digman and Henry and Mary Joyce Blumer for agreeing to host the event.