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Meet the Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince & Princess

Special thanks to Gold n' Plump for sponsoring this scholarship program.

Each year, two Minnesota 4-H youth are crowned the Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess. The reigning Poultry Prince is Nathan Weckwerth, a 17 year old from Meeker County. This year’s Princess is Molly Lindgren, a 16 year old from Wadena County.

The Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess is a scholarship program, sponsored by Gold’n Plump, which recognizes the individuals’ knowledge of the poultry industry and leadership skills. To earn their title, Molly and Nathan participated in various contests during the Minnesota State Fair, including public interviews, quiz and showmanship competition, the 4-H Chicken BBQ contest, and a Q&A stage presence final.

Molly and Nathan will hold the Princess and Prince title for one year. During their reign, Molly and Nathan will have the opportunity to expand their speaking, interview, and presentation skills by participating in various publicity events relating to the poultry industry throughout the state.

Molly Lindgren

Molly has been involved in the 4-H poultry project for six years. During this time, she shown live animals, given demonstration, led workshops, and competed in the national 4-H poultry judging contest. Additionally, Molly has been a Wadena County 4-H poultry ambassador, educating the public about the poultry industry.

One thing Molly would like to accomplish as the Poultry Princess is “help to educate people about the poultry industry, especially with all of the rumors spreading about the industry. I would also like to share my passion for the 4-H poultry project with other youth. I want them to see all of the wonderful opportunities that they have [to learn].”

In addition to 4-H, Molly is an active member of Staples Motley FFA and her church community. She is currently a junior at Staples Motely High School and hopes to attend the University of Minnesota after graduating.

Nathan Weckwerth

Nathan is actively involved in the 4-H poultry project. He is on his the Meeker County 4-H Senior Poultry Bowl Team and serves as a junior superintendent, providing mentorship and training for other youth showing poultry during the Meeker County Fair and throughout the year.

One thing Nathan would like to accomplish while Poultry Prince is to “help consumers understand how poultry farmers produce their food, and to motivate people to learn more about poultry, particularly through the 4-H poultry project.”

Outside of 4-H, Nathan is a technology advisor, performs in the local handbell choir, and is in the brass ensemble at his church. Nathan is very active within his school by participating in student council, three sports, math league, band and choir, and robotics. Next year, Nathan plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and pursue a degree in mathematics.

Brad Rugg, director of 4-H Fairs and Animal Science Programs for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development is pleased that so many youth compete in this annual competition. "The Minnesota 4-H Poultry Prince and Princess scholarship program at the Minnesota State Fair has been a staple of our poultry project over the past seven years. We always look forward to celebrating the state’s next poultry leaders.”

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By Kirstin Lawstuen
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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