4-Hers compete in state fair

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Carroll County will be well represented at the Kentucky State Fair next week.  Eight 4-H members – Evan Searcy, Luke Heveline, Cameron Darnold, Gracie Craig, Andrea Searcy, Abigail Rose, Adam Froman and Caleb Stephenson – will present their country ham speeches Thursday, Aug. 14. The Junior Division members (ages 9-13) will give speeches on how to store and cook a country ham while the Senior Division members will speak about how to build an ideal ham house.

Along with judging the speakers, 788 country hams will be judged at this year’s fair.

If you attend the State Fair, please visit Cloverville and see the wonderful projects that received champion ribbons at the Carroll County Fair. Local 4-H members with projects competing at the State Fair displaying projects in the following categories are: Wood Science, Gabrielle Bowen and Alana Brands; Electric, Gabrielle Bowen and Abigail Rose; Trends, Andrea Searcy and Gabrielle Bowen; Horticulture and Plant Science, Gabrielle Bowen, Layne Huesman, Andrea Searcy and Caleb Stephenson; Photography, Tristan Louden, Taylor Lair and Andrea Searcy; Sewing, Gabrielle Bowen; Home Environment, Megan Higgs, Lauren Perkinson, Andrea Searcy and Luke Heveline; and Arts and Crafts, Hannah Welch, Clara Tuttle, Megan Perkinson, Evan Searcy, Andrea Searcy, Vincente Sanchez and Jessica Foster.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, Gabrielle Bowen, Hannah Welch and Lorinda Bennett will participate in the Sewing Skill-A-thon, in which contestants create a sewing project from start to finish. Caleb and Levi Stephenson will be showing in the state beef livestock show, and  Rhiannon Jones will be singing on stage during the 4-H talent show.

These young people will make Carroll County proud during their involvement in the Kentucky State Fair, which opens Aug. 14 and ends Aug. 24.

Joyce Doyle is the Carroll County Extension agent for 4-H and youth development. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to JWDoyl2@email.uky.edu.