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2024 Minnesota State Holstein Show

The 2024 Minnesota Holstein Association State Show will take place June 11-15, 2024 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. 

For information about the 2024 Minnesota Holstein State Show, please refer to the links below.

Show Location:

Stearns County Fairgrounds | 1105 Ash St S, Sauk Centre, MN 56378

Schedule of Events:

*Note this schedule pertains to the events taking place by the MHA, not the host club.

Tuesday, June 11
8 AM – Barns Open for Stalling
3 – 8 PM – Registration Open

Wednesday, June 12
All Day – Barns Open
Noon – Red & White Show Entries Must Be In Place
8 – 5 PM – Registration Open
6 PM – R&W Exhibitor Meeting

Thursday, June 13
7 – 8 AM – Registration Open (will reopen following the R&W show)
7 AM – 1 PM Food Stand Open
8 AM – Junior Show Entries Must Be In Place
9 AM – Red & White Show, Judge Mark Sweetnam
6 PM – Exhibitor Meeting (show ring)
7 – 8 PM – Exhibitor Supper

Friday, June 14
7 – 8 AM – Registration Open
7 AM – 1 PM Food Stand Open
8 AM – All Open Show Entries Must Be In Place
8 AM – Junior Show, Judge Tanner Schmaling
Junior Activity following the conclusion of the Junior show
7 – 8 PM – Exhibitor Supper

Saturday, June 15
7 AM Food Stand Open for Breakfast
7AM – 1 PM Food Stand Open
8 AM – Open Show, Judge Brian Carscadden

Show hosted by the Stearns County Holstein Club

Rules & Class Information:

State Show Class Information: State Show Rules & Class Information

2024 MHA State Show Rules FINAL


Fair Entry Registration Link: https://fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/20277

For questions regarding the online registration process, email mnholsteinmarketing@gmail.com.

When you arrive to check in your animals please bring registration papers, information on any class swaps, payment method if you are not a due paying member, and late entry and payment if applicable.

Hotel/Camping Information:

AmericInn by Wyndham
| 1230 Timberlane Dr, Sauk Centre, MN 56378 | (320) 352-2800
Sauk River Inn | 322 12th St S, Sauk Centre, MN 56378 | (320) 351-7256

*Room Blocks are listed under MN Holstein Show and will be released on 5/11/24

Stearns County Fairgrounds – Onsite | Contact Tammy Frericks – (320) 249-7180

Show Contacts:

Show Chair:

  • Tom Peterson: (320) 333-2207


  • Kevin Ratka: (320) 290-2063

Straw, Shavings, & Beet Pulp Availability:

  • Mike McAndrews: (507) 358-9675


  • Tammy Frericks: (320) 249-7180

Future Minnesota State Show Hosts:

  • 2025: Rochester Area Holstein Club
  • 2026: Southwest Holstein Club
  • 2027: Kandiyohi Holstein Club
  • 2028: Sibley Holstein Club
  • 2029: McLeod Holstein Club

Holstein Show Judge

Brian Carscadden, Ontario

Brian Carscadden of Guelph, Ontario, Canada was born and raised on a registered Holstein farm in Eastern Ontario and graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in May of 1994.

Upon graduation, Carscadden was hired as a sire analyst for United Breeders of Guelph, Ontario. His duties at United Breeders included daughter photos and displays, mating program analysis and young sire acquisitions. In 1998, the Semex Alliance was formed, and Brian was hired on to the newly formed Semex Alliance Sire Analyst Team where he worked until Feb 1 st , 2021. At that time, Brian began a new career as the Executive Senior Manager at Blondin Sires Inc. Prior to his A.I. career, Brian enjoyed many successes as a professional dairy cattle fitter, preparing cattle for top Holstein, Ayrshire, and Jersey breeders around the world.

Brian’s judging assignments have taken him to over 30 different countries. He has judged National shows in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Ireland, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Uruguay, Argentina, Portugal, Colombia, Russia, South Africa and Australia. In Europe, he has also judged major
shows in France(Space),Germany(Thuringia) and Holland(HHH).

In North America, Brian has judged numerous state, provincial and county shows. In 2006, he was the associate judge at the Royal Winter Fair Holstein Show and was the official judge of the International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo in 2008. He has judged the Red and White Holstein shows at both the Royal Winter Fair in 2009 and World Dairy Expo in 2010. He also
officiated the Brown Swiss and Holsteins in 2009 and the Jerseys and Red and White Holsteins in 2010 and 2020 at the Swiss Expo. In 2011, he was the official judge of the National Holstein Show at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada. In 2015, Brian judged the Supreme International Holstein Show in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. In 2017, Brian was the official judge of the
TD Canadian Classic 4-H show at the Royal Winter Fair.

A promoter of youth in agriculture, Brian remains active with various youth programs, speaking engagements and by promoting youth involvement through showmanship and judging clinics. Brian also served as a Holstein Canada Type Advisory Committee member for 12 years. His vast judging experience serves him well to also be part of several judging committees with Holstein Canada and Holstein Ontario. Brian lives in Fergus and has 3 children Craig, Lauren and Colin.

Junior Holstein Show Judge

Tanner Schmaling, Wisconsin

Tanner Schmaling is the owner/operator of Maple-Leigh Futures located in Delavan, WI. After graduating from UW-River Falls, Schmaling spent five years traveling North America as a professional cattle fitter before coming home to Schmaling Farm Inc., his family’s 120 cow Registered Holstein and crop farm where he farms with his wife Madeline, daughter Haisey, and parents John and Jill. In September of 2017, the family expanded the operation and started Maple-Leigh Futures. The facility houses 100 head of cattle and is known for its premier individualized care for both high genomic and high type cattle; offering an array of services from IVF, conventional flushing, and advanced donor management. Schmaling along with his team specialize in show cattle housing and have cared for and exhibited a number of Grand Champions and have garnered over 50 All-American, Jr. All-American, and All-Canadian nominations over their first five years of business.

Red and White Show Judge

Mark Sweetnam, Manitoba

Mark Sweetnam and his family operate Sweetridge Farms in Stanley, Manitoba. A 400 cow dairy farm made up of Holsteins and Jerseys. Mark is a past 4H member and a Lakeland College graduate. Mark is heavily involved within the Holstein community. He is a member of Holstein Canada’s Young Leader Advisory Committee and is the president of the Manitoba Holstein Branch.