Just before the start of the fair, judges evaluate 4-H projects
KNOWLESVILLE – Among the highlights of the Orleans County 4-H Fair are the youth exhibits in Trolley Building. The exhibits represent the year-long accomplishments of youth in the many 4-H clubs affiliated with Orleans County Cooperative Extension.
On Saturday morning, more than a dozen evaluators took their places to examine and evaluate the entries submitted by dozens of youth. By noon, all entries had been submitted and judged, with those deemed extra special marked for State Fair.
One of those was a piece of sheet music submitted by Evan Allen of Albion. Evan is a trombone player and wrote an arrangement of “Hooked on a Feeling” for four trombones. With the help of his 4-H leaders Jon and Brie Trembly, Jon put his arrangement on a thumb drive to submit with his entry. Evaluator Sharon Smith of Middleport, an elementary school principal at Kendall, also has knowledge of music and was very impressed with Evan’s creativity.
Jon plans to enter Alfred University to study animation, but for sure he is going to join their jazz band, he said.
Many children submitted several entries, such as Shania Mathes, 11, of Albion, whose entries included a tennis ball puppet, a canning jar ring pumpkin and Clara Barton poster, all testaments to the variety of topics a youth can learn about in 4-H.
The Orleans County 4-H Fair opens Monday and runs through Saturday.