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Jennifer's Fair Follies

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There are a lot of 'dirty jobs' and unusual things to see here at the North Dakota State Fair.

Jennifer Thorgramson will be tracking down a few of those oddities this week in a series called "Jennifer's Fair Follies."

This year, the State Fair is reaching for its roots in agriculture.

With around 45 thousand entries for 4-H, FFA and Open Class, Jenn's first fair folly led her to the barns.

(Jennifer Thorgramson, Jenn's Fair Follies) "I'm out here at the North Dakota State Fair and we're starting on day one of Jenn's Fair Follies. First thing is first, we have all these 4-H critters that are moving in, they've made a long trek, they need a shower, and my friend Heath is going to teach me how to watch a cow."

(Heath Heilman, 4-H Showman) "They like when you pinch them in the cheek!"

It's Heath's first year showing animals for 4-H.

His friend Dakota is on year six and knows the ins and outs of showmanship.

(Dakota Aaseth, Velva 4-H Showman) "It's about how you react to your cow and how your cow reacts to you."

Of course, it's not all work, Heath has big plans for the rest of the fair.

(Heath Heilman, 4-H Showman) "Driving a go-cart, we're having a race tonight!"

(Dakota Aaseth, Velva 4-H Showman) "Favorite part is coming out and showing with all the friends and stuff and winning."

For people like Luke Dukart from Dickinson, after 20 years of raising sheep and showing for the fair, it's still not work at all.

(Luke Dukart, Dickinson Open Class) "The greatest thing about it I think is you get to come see all your friends from years past. It's fun to take a week off from work and everything else, just like and general and come out and have some fun

(Jennifer Thorgramson, Jenn's Fair Follies) "As you can tell by my shoes not being that dirty, Heath and Boss did most of the work. But I do have a new appreciation for how clean these animals are out here in the barns. So make sure you come out here to the North Dakota State Fair, congratulate them on their ribbons and we'll be back here on Monday for more of Jennifer's Fair Follies at the North Dakota State Fair. I'm Jennifer Thorgramson for KX News."

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