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Kentucky commissioner of agriculture can also shovel manure well enough to win contest

Ryan Quarles, left, battled Leland Conway in a pooper scooper challenge Tuesday at the Kentucky State Fair.
Ryan Quarles, left, battled Leland Conway in a pooper scooper challenge Tuesday at the Kentucky State Fair. Ryan Quarles

Ryan Quarles put his Commissioner of Agriculture title to the test at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville Tuesday.

Quarles faced off against WHAS radio host Leland Conway in the first ever pooper scooper challenge in a parking lot at the fair.

With a shovel in hand and a stinky pile of manure at their feet, the two men battled to be crowned champion. And Quarles, leader of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, showed that he can get his hands dirty.

No word yet on who Quarles will defend his title against next year.

Quarles has been making the rounds at the 114th Kentucky State Fair this week and has taken part in a variety of agriculture events.

“This is what Kentucky agriculture is all about,” he wrote on his personal Facebook page Monday on a day he attended the World Championship Horse Show. “Families and young folks celebrating agriculture.”

The Kentucky State Fair will continue until Aug. 26.

At the first Kentucky Hemp Days fest in Cynthiana, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles hailed the crop’s progress and supported full legalization a day after U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell inserted hemp language in the Farm Bill.

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