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Just before the start of the fair, judges evaluate 4-H projects

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 21 July 2019 at 12:30 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Evan Allen of Albion explains his fair entry to evaluator Sharon Smith of Middleport, while his club leaders Jon and Brie Trembly look on. Allen wrote an arrangement of Hooked on a Feeling for four trombones.

Ella Wilson, 8, of Holley got a blue ribbon and designation for State Fair for her model of an air vehicle. Youth exhibits will be on display in the Trolley Building during the Orleans County 4-H Fair this week.

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.

Youth line up early in the Trolley Building Saturday morning to have their entries judged for the Orleans County 4-H Fair, which opens Monday.

Shania Mathes, 11, of Barre hands her exhibits for the Orleans County 4-H Fair to Sharon Smith for evaluation. Shania submitted a puppet, canning jar ring pumpkin and Clara Barton poster. Looking on is Kristina Gabalski with Orleans County Cooperative Extension, who was in charge of evaluators who judged entries.

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