Raising a Farmer

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Everett is Minnesota State Fair Bound

on August 17, 2021

Everett earned a Minnesota State fair trip with his market turkeys. I can’t help to think about the meaning behind turkeys for me personally. Everett has taken on his poultry journey completely on his own. He saved his own money for his first batch of birds. He loves anything with feathers. His first year he began with chickens, the next year he added ducks to his portfolio. This year he added market turkeys. This year is the first year Everett is State Fair eligible.  

I grew up in what you would call the heart of turkey country. My hometown of Swanville, MN was on Jeopardy because of turkeys. One of my first jobs was sweeping out turkey barns getting ready for a new batch of birds. My dad was a supervisor at Jennie-O providing for my family growing up because of turkeys. The summer after I graduated high school I worked at Jennie-O paying for my early years of college. Turkeys were a backdrop of my early years of life. 

When the fair turkeys arrived at our farm this spring I didn’t really pay attention to the significance of the turkey. They were just turkeys being raised for a 4H project. They were Everett’s turkeys. Everett won Champion with his Market Pen and Reserve Champion with his breeding pen. To say he was over the moon would be an understatement.  

Everett with one of his Market Turkeys

August 1 was load out day for the Morrison County fair. As we were loading the many feathered animals Everett had at the county fair to go home, it hit me the significance of Everett winning his very first livestock Minnesota State Fair trip with his market turkeys. August 1 marked 17 years since my dad passed away.

Moments in life the presence of my parents come unexpectedly at times and take me by surprise. It is in these moments I pause and embrace their presence. Even if it comes in the form of a market turkey.


One response to “Everett is Minnesota State Fair Bound

  1. agridane says:

    Thanks for a very interesting article.

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