A Sangamon County 4-H member edged out his competition by one point to claim the top prize in the 2017 Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest held Aug. 10 during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
Daniel Kloppe, 15, New Berlin, earned first place, with Will County 4-H member Ben Mills, Peotone, taking second place.
Other top finishers in the senior division included Lorraine Selucky of Will County, Dalton Wachter of JoDaviess County, and Luke Jesgarz of Shelby County.
In the 13 and under age division, Izzy Haring of Jo Daviess County won by a wide margin, followed by Isaac Kuster of Henry County, second; Reganne Price of Will County, third; Macy Donoho of Marion County, fourth; and Conner Blunier of Marshall-Putnam County, fifth.
The junior team from Moultrie-Douglas counties took first place in team competition.
The contest is organized by Ken Koelkebeck, University of Illinois Extension poultry specialist.