By Gary Budzak
The Delaware County 4-H is well represented in non-livestock projects at this year’s Ohio State Fair.
“Most of the kids started working on these projects in the spring,” said Amy Barr, Delaware County Extension 4-H Program Assistant. “The ones that have them ready to go, and we’re able to be judging in the summer, have this opportunity to qualify for the state fair.”
Barr said that the 4-Hers had to make a display and go through an interview during the recent county judging. Those that won will compete against other winners from the other counties in the state.
“Every day at the state fair, a different category will get judged,” Barr said.
The contestants are aged 8 through 18 (third grade through high-school graduate) and represent every school district in Delaware County, including a couple home-schooled students.
“Of the ones that we sent, we’ve got a pretty good mix,” she said. “We have high-schoolers and a number of younger kids. In some of the categories, we’re allowed to send a junior and a senior candidate, so that’s kind of nice. It gives the younger kids an opportunity as well.”
This year’s delegates are:
Arinne McLaughlin, Kountry Kids, photography; Kayla Henderson, Ostrander Merry Shamrocks, scrapbooking; Adeana Eubanks, Flour-N-Flax, photography; Joshua Heron, Elm Valley 4-Hers, computers; Clara Selle, Home Grown 4-Him, veterinary science; Emily Bryan and Ava Howski, Flour-N-Flax, cake decorating; Emma Dickhof and Abigail Dickhof, Set 4 Success, money management; Caleb Dickhof, Set 4 Success, woodworking, Lauren Bell, Won by One, art; Ellen Dicken, Brown Bakers and Rakers, cake decorating, Clara Selle, Home Grown 4-Him, Demonstration and Leadership; Erin Barr, Berlin 4-Hers, Flowers and Leadership; Gretchen Stoner, Flour-N-Flax, Bicycle; Eli Graham, Ostrander Merry Shamrocks, Rockets; Gina Bodette, Flour-N-Flax; woodworking; Maeve Gatenbee, Blue Ribbon Winners, Archery; Kayla Kramer, Ostrander Merry Shamrocks, Rifle; Arinne McLaughlin, Kountry Kids, Shotgun, Cassandra Dickhof, Set 4 Success, Living History; Sadie Whitney, Delaware Trailblazers, Dairy Science, Kendal Sestili, Elm Valley 4-Hers, veterinary science, Brady Sestili, Elm Valley 4-Hers, insects; Hannah Miller, Norton Neighbors, cats.
Clothing Sarah Mugge, Set 4 Success, Active Sportswear; Bethany Clotz, Flour-N-Flax, Outerlayers, Katie Ursich, Won by One, Dress up; Blaire Martindale, Hyatts Herdsman, Clothes for High School and College, Annie Moore, Flour-N-Flax, Clothing Master; Laura Ursich, Won by One, Em-bellish; Blaire Martindale, Hyatts Herdsman, Look Good For Less; Cecilia Carlisle, Flour-N-Flax, Fun with Clothes; Lane Graham, Ostrander Merry Shamrocks, Accessories; Jessica Pilya, Powell Sew-n-Sows, Quilting; Elizabeth Ursich, Won by One, Clothing for Middle School, Meghan Steele, Flour-N-Flax, Loungewear, Tolon Cook, Set 4 Success, Tops for Tweens, Hailey Johnson, Flour-N-Flax, Sew Fun, Jenna Pilya, Powell Sew-n-Sows, Sundresses and Jumpers.
Food and Nutrition: Ellen Riley, Home Grown 4 Him; Gina Bodette, Flour-N-Flax; Dean Janowiecki, Set 4 Success; Abigail Dickhof, Set 4 Success; Audrey Sanders, Set 4 Success; Lily Tennant, Set 4 Success; Elise Schneller, Norton Neighbors; Elizabeth Wetterstroem, Berlin 4Hers; Jillian Everson, Set 4 Success; Elizabeth Mugge, Set 4 Success; Emma Dickof, Set 4 Success; Will Hook, Nature’s Friends.
The Delaware County 4-H is in its 100th year. The youth organization was founded in 1902 and is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. The 4-H stands for personal development of the head, heart, hands and health.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.