This year’s 4-H project exhibits had entries covering all areas. There were numerous photography exhibits on display, hand-made birdhouses, various arts, crafts, foods, centennial exhibits and even an entire wardrobe made from duct tape. Each exhibit is judged based on quality of craftsmanship or design. Then a ribbon is awarded to each exhibit based on its quality. Blue ribbon winners are top level entries and a purple ribbon signifies the best in each class. Purple ribbons or champions, then move on to compete at the Kentucky State Fair in late August. Logan County will be well represented at the KY State Fair this year. With a total of over 50 exhibits on display, it made an impressive display at the county Extension Office.
Each exhibitor will also receive premium money they’ve earned from creating and entering their exhibit. The premium monies are paid out for the exhibitor’s hard work. This year, several businesses and organizations helped to sponsor the premium money. The sponsors for this year’s fair exhibits were: Tim Haley, Logan County Cattlemen Association, Riley & Sons Real Estate, and Riley & Sons Insurance. This year’s champion fair exhibitors are:
Horticultural Photography– Katie Tyson;
Photography animals– John Mark Page;
Photography single color– Katie Tyson;
Photography landscape– Katherine Wyatt;
Photography still life– Katie Tyson;
Photography three different points of view– Katherine Wyatt;
Photography three to five photographs of same subject– Megan Ferguson;
Wood Science, not from a kit– Emily Trescott;
Beginner Knit– Emily Trescott;
Horticulture, sweet corn, house plant & hanging basket– Katie Tyson;
Food Preservation– Katie Tyson;
Foods, biscuits, cheese straws– Katie Tyson;
Arts Jr Color Drawing– Emily Trescott
Fine Arts & Crafts, textiles– Zack McElfresh;
Wood Science, birdhouse kit– Becca McElfresh;
Textiles– Micah Page.
Junior Cake Decoration– Cody McElfresh;
Senior Poster– Katie Tyson;
Junior Photography– Becca McElfresh;
Junior Scrapbook– Meagan Ferguson.
This year also saw its share of livestock shows at the county fair. Sunday afternoon the horse show got into action with several competing for prizes.
On Tuesday hundreds of people turned out for the bull show, heifer show, rabbit show and steer show and sale. Then on Wednesday the lamb show was underway. It was an exciting couple of days of competition as youth exhibited their animals throughout the day at the Extension Complex. These youth have spent countless hours with their animals learning all about animal health, nutrition, show skills and learning a great deal of responsibility. Showing livestock takes much practice and preparation time but earning that blue or purple ribbon is well worth the effort in the end. The winners for each livestock show are:
Class Jr Bull Calf & Class Sr Bull Calf– Austin Cole;
Class Jr Yearling Bull– Daniel Beaty;
Grand Champion Bull– Austin Cole;
Reserve Champion Bull– Caroline Milam;
Jr Heifer Class– Sam Brown;
Winter Heifer Calf– Austin Cole;
Sr Heifer Calf– Austin Cole
Summer Yearling Heifer– Sam Brown;
Spring Yearling Heifer– Andrew Milam;
Jr Yearling Heifer– Sam Brown;
Sr Yearling Heifer– Monica Nolan;
Cow/Calf Pair– Sam Brown;
Grand Champion Heifer– Sam Brown;
Reserve Champion– Caroline Milam;
Grand Champion Showmanship– Andrew Milam;
Reserve Grand Champion Showmanship– BJ Stinson;
Open Jr Showmanship– Monica Nolan;
Open Sr Showmanship– Sam Brown;
Open Supreme Showmanship– Sam Brown;
Closed Jr Showmanship– Ian Woodall;
Closed Sr Showmanship– Molly Clark;
Closed Supreme Showmanship– Ian Woodall.
Class I– Molly Clark
Class II– Luke Woodall
Class III– Caroline Milam
Class IV– Andrew Milam
Class V– Justin Allen
Class VI– Loren Stinson
Class VII– B J Stinson
Class VIII– Caroline Milam
Novice Showmanship– Zack Milam and Nate Woodall
This year’s rabbit show was sponsored by Southern States, Tractor Supply Company, Dr. Jon Todd, Auburn Lumber, Simply Carpet and Jordan Hawkins. Winners were:
Best in Show Doe Grand Champion– Auburn Todd
Best in Show Buck Grand Champion– Zac McElfresh
Showmanship Grand Champion– Becca McElfresh
Showmanship Reserve Grand Champion-Zac McElfresh
The lamb show was sponsored and supported by First Southern National Bank, Lewisburg Banking Co, Logan County Animal Clinic, and Russellville Livestock (Barry Higgins). Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion was Josh Pruitt.
Many thanks to all the people involved with this year’s fair. We could not have done it without the support from the Logan County Fair Board, parents, volunteers, and our sponsors so again, thanks.
This year the Kentucky State Fair is held August 20th – 30th. If you have a chance, try to make it out and see if you can spot any local, Logan County youth competing, participating and having fun!