Family rules the ring at Murray County Fair

Kurtis Nyquist gets some tips from poultry judge Wayne Fischer during last Friday’s Poultry Show Program at the Murray County Fair. Nyquist competed in two duck classes and won overall champion in one of them. Kurtis and his three cousins all took part in this year’s Poultry Show at the fair. Photo / Per Peterson

Siblings might be prone to the occasional argument, but when it comes to 4-H, they’re always there to support each other.

A perfect example of that can be found within the Nyquist families, which were represented by not one, not two, not three, but four kids at this year’s Murray County Fair 4-H Poultry Show.

The youngest of the group is 6-year-old Skye, a Currie Poco-a-Poco Cloverbud who takes part in the 4-H shows with her sister, Isabelle, brother, Otto, and cousin Kurtis. Skye said the best part about working with chickens is simple: “Just having fun with them,” she said. “I like playing with them and carrying them. It’s fun to show them, too.”

Soni Nyquist — the mother to Skye, Isabelle and Otto — said having three kids in 4-H definitely keeps the family busy.

“The kids are doing most of the work, so that’s really great for me,” Soni said. “And they willingly do it — feed, water, collect eggs and all that. I don’t really have to do a whole lot, other than transport them back-and-forth.”

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