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County 4-H members rise to the top at Ohio State Fair

FPS staff report

State Fair

Several Carroll County 4-H members competed in still project and livestock judging during the annual Ohio State Fair held July 29- Aug. 9 in Columbus.

Many received an outstanding rating or placed in the top 10 in their class. Five county residents placed first, two in still project judging and the remaining in various livestock classes.

James Barnhart, 14, son of Ed and Chris Barnhart of Scio, received a clock trophy for his Beekeeping project. He has participated at the state fair four times and finishes the junior division in the top spot. He tends to two hives and harvests the honey. He set up two tri-fold boards of information, explained the basket, and included a photo album and power point for judging.

His project included how to care for bees and related information such as different flowers to plant for different seasons, where to plant the flowers, etc.  He sold a basket of honey products during the Still Project auction at the Carroll County Fair. The basket included painted honey jars, dipped and molded candles, honey soap, and a cookbook. Along with painting the jars, Barnhart made the dipped candles and soap.

“I had a good feeling after judging,” he said. “I knew I had it. When they announced it, I was so happy.”

A member of A to Z 4-H Club, James will move into the senior division next year. He will be in the eighth grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Akron.

Dakota Hay, 14, daughter of Paige and Mark Hay of Carrollton, has participated in Rifle for four years at the state fair level. Last year, she received an outstanding and this year received the clock trophy for junior division.

Hay told her parents she was going to win the clock trophy and when asked about finally winning the trophy, she said, “I am happy and relieved at the same time. Happy because I finally got it and relieved because all my hard work finally paid off.”

A member of Sharp Shooters 4-H Club, she serves as club secretary and enjoys shooting shotguns and rifles. She is a member of the Great Trail Musketeers sporter rifle team and will participate with the Tri-County Shotgun League this fall.

Dakota will be a freshman at Carrollton High School. She plans to continue improving her knowledge of rifles with the hopes of competing in the senior rifle division next year.

Garett Davis, along with sisters, Allison and Kady Davis, participated in the beef livestock competition.

Garett won the Division Champion Open Simmental Heifer class, while Kady placed first in the 14-year old skillathon. Allison showed the Grand Champion Market Heifer, Grand Champion Live Beef Performance Carcass Quality Steer, and received Reserve Carcass Steer on the Rail.

They are the children of Todd and Kim Davis of Carrollton. Garett, 19, attends The Ohio State University Agriculture Technical Institute in Wooster. He received the “Best of the Buckeye”, a $1,000 academic scholarship.

Kady, 16, will be a junior at Carrollton High School and is a member of the Carrollton Future Farmers of America (FFA).
Allison, 13, is in the eighth grade at Bell-Herron Middle School. She is a member of The Beef Club.

Travis Johnson, 17, brought home numerous awards from the junior and open sheep show at the Ohio State Fair.

He placed first in showmanship for ages 17 and 18. In the sheep breeding junior fair competition, he won Champion and Reserve Champion Ram and Champion Ewe for Border Leicester; Champion Ram and Supreme Ram for Oxford breed and Champion and Reserve Oxford Ewe. (The Border Leiceter breed competes in the “All Other Breeds” category against several other breeds.)

In the open class, he showed the Champion Ewe Border Leicester and was named Premier Exhibitor, which is determined by the highest number of points. The Oxford Supreme Ram in the junior fair class was also named Open Oxford Champion Ram.

Travis is the son of Walt and Connie Johnson. He will be a senior at Carrollton High School and is a member of Carrollton FFA and has been raising and showing sheep, goats, chickens, and cattle since he was able to walk. Along with working on the farm, he is employed at All American Scales.

The Miller siblings
Nash Miller, 15, placed first in the Driving Reinsmanship Draft Class, 9-18 with his horse, Rose, an eight year old brood mare who Nash purchased in October 2013. The pair also placed third in Draft Showmanship 9-18, and fourth in Single Hitch Draft Driving - Horse, 9-18.

Marina Miller, 13, competed with her mare, Farrah, who had not been in the show ring for nearly a decade. In her first competition at the state fair, they placed second in Driving Reinsmanship Draft Class, 9-18; Single Hitch Draft Driving - Horse, 9-18, third; and Draft Showmanship, 9-18, fifth place.

They are the children of Bill and Mindy Miller of the Kilgore area. Nash will be a sophomore at Carrollton High School. Mindy will be an eighth grade student at Bell-Herron Middle School.

Other county residents who received outstanding honors for still project judging include:
Grace Barnhart, Makeover My Space, junior; Emily Brown, Woodworking Measuring Up, senior; Millicent Costarella, Senior Scrapbooking; Katelynn Johnson, Dog Skillathon, 17, fifth; Megan Poorman, Adventures with Your Camera A; Lucy Pridemore, Cake Decorating Beginner, junior; and Alexis Smith, Pocket Pets, junior.

In the livestock classes, other participants were:

Cattle
Eliza Days, first place, Junior and Open Milking Shorthorn winter yearling; Junior Ayrshire fall calf, second; Open Red & White winter heifer, third and Open Ayrshire fall heifer, fifth.

Austin Trbovich showed the Reserve Holstein Champion Junior Holstein, YRP Reserve Senior Holstein; and YRP Reserve Grand Champion Holstein.

Dustin Pape placed first in Junior Simmental - Influence Sum Yearling; Open Immediate Heifer, second; and Open Simmental Junior Heifer, third.
Horses
Elizabeth Bormuth, Western Shownmanship Small Equine, 9-18, fourth; Hunter Showmanship Small Equine, 9-18, second; and Pleasure Driving Small Equine, 14-18, seventh.

Kierra Robinson, Hunter Showmanship Small Equine, 9-18, third; and Trail in Hand Small Equine, 9-18, seventh.

Spencer Varney, Pole Bending, 9-13, second.
Tana Drew, Pole Bending, 9-13, ninth.
Pigs
Ellie Chaddock, Junior Spotted YRP Reserve Grand Champion Gilt, second; Junior Chester White Gilt, first.

Nick Chaddock, Junior Chester White Gilt, third.


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