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“I’m just totally amazed, just our little small town,” she said.

But others, such as Leonard Sheaffer of Dixon, Ill., whose daughter entered cows in the contest, were not as taken with the president.

“I’m pretty conservative,” Mr. Sheaffer said. “The administration is putting on too many regulations for agriculture. It’s kind of scary.”

Mr. Obama was set to join his family for a 10-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts as his Midwestern swing concluded.

Republican White House contender Mitt Romney, campaigning in New Hampshire, was among those needling the president over his decision to take a break despite his dire rhetoric about debt and the economy.

“But we appreciate the fact that he’s going to devote some time to it,” Mr. Romney said. “Not just going to be on the bus tour, not just going to be vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, but giving some thought to the American people.”

This article was based in part on wire service reports.