Sampson County 4-H’ers recently had the chance to compete on the state level with a variety of projects at the N.C. State Fair. Participants entered everything from artwork to cattle for the grand event. Youth may have been given an opportunity through summer and county workshops to learn more about their chosen project, or they may have done their own research to create an entry for the fair. Many of these projects have had an occasion to be displayed elsewhere earlier in the year at local art shows, baking competitions, or county shows. But, the State Fair is a whole other level, which our local youth rose up to and brought home several blue ribbons.
Highlights from the craft division were Logan Best who won first place with his leather bracelet, Madelyn Hall who won first place with her bug collection, Karol Kusmierczuk who won second place with a chalk drawing, Owen Flock who won second place with recycled art, Kaya Kusmierczuk who won second place with origami, Cheyenne Royal who won second place with pottery, and Amber Lackey who won both first and second place with baked goods. Thirty-six pieces in total were sent to Raleigh to the N.C. State Fair with additional categories such as wood burning and photography.
Livestock participants camped out at the fair for three days, enjoying a mixture of showing their animals, hanging out with friends from across the state, and making time to enjoy the fair rides and festivities. This was not only fun for the kids, but parents also got a chance to reminisce with old friends and make new ones. Many have said that the livestock shows can be very competitive, although, in the end, all of the families are there to help each other’s youth learn to care for animals and to do their very best.
Highlights from the lamb projects were Colbey Matthis, Chasen Matthis, and Taylor Brooks receiving top 10 finishes in classes made up of at least twenty sheep. Also, Shane Kendall won the Reserve Champion Novice Pig Showman. In the cattle barn, Carlie Piercy had the Reserve Champion All Other Breed Heifer (a Simmental), Shane Kendall had the Champion Limousin Heifer, and Wyatt Kendall had the Reserve Champion Limousin Heifer. All three of these showmen made it to the final drive of the Showmanship Competition. Finally, Chloe and Claire Riley brought home blue ribbons for their Lavender Orpington, Barred Rock, & Cuckoo Maran chickens.
The 4-H office would like to thank United Way for their continued support, which makes these opportunities possible for 4-H youth.