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4-H fair attendance 'really up this year'
COUNTY — While fair attendance was down an overall 13 percent this year, 4-H organizers reported that their events had an impressive turnout.
"An incredibly successful day was Agricultural Education day," said 4-H coordinator Susan Jennings. "There were [at least] 500 kids in the exhibit hall that day."
Jennings said that the kids completed community service projects, did photography, and created sustainable living areas.
"Kids learned about cooking with local foods and raising their own vegetables," she said. "There were numerous art projects, literacy projects, and science investigations. ... There was a real variety."
Jennings said that kids as young as five participated in the exhibition hall.
According to Jennings, members of 4-H range from 5 to 18 years old, and there were 20 clubs involved, most from Oxford County.
Jennings said that participation was "really up this year" compared to last year.
"There were definitely more kids," she said.
Jennings also said that she was impressed by the number of blue ribbons she saw during the judging.
"Lots of kids had blue ribbons," she said. "It's recognition for the highest level. It means they met or exceeded the standards."
According to Jennings, 4-H is not judged according to first, second, or third place, but is a group method of judging.
"Everything is judged on a Danish system," she said.
This means that instead of ranking the kids by number, they were evaluated according to the standards developed for their particular contest.
Kids also earned red ribbons for works that could be improved, and white participation ribbons for projects that could have used a lot more work.
According to 4-H leader Cindy Ouellette, 12 of the 4-H members were even given "special judge's awards," or purple ribbons, which were awarded to kids whose projects stood out from among the rest. Some of the projects included photography, woven baskets, and educational displays.
"One kid even carved a walking stick out of wood, and there was a wolf's head on top," said Ouellette. "It was beautiful."
Two members of the 4-H What Ever Club, which is led by Ouellette, won purple ribbons. They were Haley Wakefield for her oil pastel painting, and Arianna Greene for her basket weaving. The group also won purple ribbons for its educational display about chickens.
"Most of the kids got blue ribbons," said Jennings, "because 4-H is designed to be a positive experience."
Jennings said fair organizers were supportive of the 4-H kid's programs and in bringing back Educational Day, which returned after a 1-year hiatus.
"We are extremely thankful," said Jennings.
Oullette said Educational Day is always a good experience for the kids. She said that this year, three of her kids did needle felting, demonstrating the process of how felt is made.
Becky Mosley, another 4-H leader and nutrition aide, spoke to the kids about the importance of drinking milk, a topic which Ouellette said the kids were interested in.
According to Jennings, the kids also enjoyed the 4-H horse show.
"Our kids competed in 4-H classes, as well as open classes," she said. "Kids even volunteered to help the judges."
Jennings said the success of the horse show would not have been possible without the guidance of Sandy Snowe, a horse show superintendent; Denise Donnolen, a 4-H volunteer; or the help of a local gentleman who donated horse-riding equipment to the kids.
"It [generosity] happens a lot," said Jennings, "especially at this kind of hometown fair."
At the "chuckwagon," the name for the 4-H food booth, Jennings said that $3,800 was raised which will go to county 4-H programs and support 4-H kids across the entire county.
According to Jennings, the success of the fair was based on the hard work the kids had done throughout the year.
"There's not just one winner," she said about the 4-H program. "Everyone is a winner."