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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • 4-H project judging begins

  •      Shelves of homegrown vegetables and tables of freshly made pies, cookies and bread were carefully displayed by hopeful 4-H'ers at the Ford County Fair yesterday.


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  •      Shelves of homegrown vegetables and tables of freshly made pies, cookies and bread were carefully displayed by hopeful 4-H'ers at the Ford County Fair yesterday.
         4-H judging for non-livestock projects and open class entries began Friday morning. Open class entries included things such as pies, quilts and photographs. Another opportunity for Ford County residents not involved in 4-H takes place tomorrow from 12:30- 1 p.m. Special contests include the King Arthur Flour Cupcake contest, a photo contest, a quilt block contest and a gift basket contest.
         4-H participants competed in projects ranging from space tech, where they build and learn about rockets and robotics, to plant science.
         4-H Youth Development Agent Molly Trausch said nearly 130 4-H participants entered indoor projects and livestock projects.
         In addition to the 4-H members, 5 and 6-year-olds competed as Cloverbuds
         “Cloverbuds get to talk with a judge about their project if they want to,” Trausch said. “They will all win a ribbon. It's just a fun way for kids who aren't old enough for 4-H to participate and do some of the things their older siblings may be doing.”
         Camryn Williamson has been in 4-H for seven years and is a member of Lucky Clovers. This year she has entered in photography, home environment, foods & nutrition, clothing construction, clothing buymanship and made a notebook on performing acts.
         “This is the least amount of projects I have ever entered,” Williamson said.
         The enthusiastic Dodge City girl has also competed in the beef cattle division in the past and said it is her favorite category yet. Williamson had to give up raising beef because her dad was diagnosed with cancer and since he couldn't be around cattle, he wasn't able to help her take care of the animals. Her dad is currently in remission and Williamson said the community and her 4-H friends were a great support to her family. She hopes to encourage others to join 4-H and take part in the activities it has to offer.
         “Anybody can join 4-H. You don't have to live in the country,” she said. “A lot of kids from the city do it too and it's not just about animals. The indoor projects are just as fun.”
    Reach Abigail Wilson at (620) 408-9917 or e-mail her at abigail.wilson@dodgeglobe.com.
     

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