News Release

42nd Ag Arama Better in Boots

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The University of Minnesota Crookston will host the 42nd annual Ag Arama on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2017. This year’s Ag Arama is dedicated to Associate Professor Margot Rudstrom and the theme for the weekend is “Better in Boots.” 2016 Ag Arama Royalty

Most of the Ag Arama activities take place on Saturday, January 28, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north edge of the campus. Everyone is invited to attend.

Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, agricultural business, and natural resources highlight Ag Arama weekend. They serve as an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members. Ag Arama is planned and operated by a committee of students advised by Terrill Bradford and Brenda Miller, who both teach in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.

On Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the animal showmanship contests begin and the public is welcome to watch the competition as it unfolds in both novice and experienced categories. Students compete in western and English horse showmanship, goat, lamb lead, and dairy, beef, sheep, and swine showing.  The novices are paired with experienced students prior to the contests to prepare for the day.

From 9 a.m. to noon, an agricultural industries show features some of the latest in agricultural equipment. At 1:30 p.m., the Round Robin Showmanship will begin followed by alumni showmanship at 2 p.m. Coronation of the Ag Arama royalty takes place at 2:30 p.m. followed by the presentation of specialty awards and the sweepstakes presentation.

An alumni social will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles followed by the Ag Arama Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. also at the Crookston Eagles. Live music will be provided by Levi Pelzer. Learn more at Admission is $10.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

In the photo: 

Ag Arama 2016 royalty: Back row, left to right, are Ryan Gunderson, Derek Pratt, Aaron Bengtson, Duran Vigesaa, Kamron Matejcek, Keith Yorek, Mathew Supan, Lee Borgerding, Edward Olson, and Logan Milligan. In the front row are Monica Reichert, Malia Martin, Jennifer Spahn, Michelle Covington, Madison Halvorson, Ellen Dauphinais, Kaylin Beatty, Marissa Roden, LaRyssa Nelson, Christina Smith. 


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations