4-Hers take part in state fair, earning honors for the county

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What a busy two weeks at the Kentucky State Fair.  Carroll County has already entered our 4-H exhibits, participated in the 4-H talent show and will be showing beef and swine in the livestock shows and competing in the Sewing Skill-a-thon later this week.

Carroll County 4-H members “faired” well at the Kentucky State Fair. Fifty-eight exhibits were entered and 25 entries received a blue ribbon, 18 received a red ribbon and 11 received a white ribbon. I just want to thank those talented volunteers who gave of their time to lead the members.  Andrea Searcy was class champion with her house plant exhibit in the horticulture division. Jessica Foster was class champion and reserve grand champion in the arts division.

Adam Froman and Andrea Searcy entertained the audience with their wonderful musical talent. Adam played the guitar and sang and Andrea played the piano.

There were 686 country hams judged at the state fair. Six of those country hams were from Carroll County, where five members received a blue ribbon and the other received a red ribbon.  After 4-H members cure their hams, they begin working on a speech. The junior members research the history of country hams, while the senior members research insects that infest country ham and how to control them. If the member does not give a speech, they must return their hams to the University of Kentucky.

Caleb Stephenson’s ham scored fifth (out of 72 hams) in the state in his age division. Gracie Craig scored second (out of 63 members) on her speech in the state in her age division. I contribute the success of these hamsto the following: Jim and Bob Froman, who gave of their time to help on curing day; Tom Lindsay, who constructed the ham house; the support of the Cooperative Extension Council and District Board; Mike Humphrey, who contacted Mr. Lindsay with the plans; and the parents of the six members who participated in this program.  

If you are interested in your child participating in the 4-H country ham project, call the office at (502) 732-7030 and get your name on the list. The cost is $55 for two hams. One ham will be judged for the county fair and the other one will go to the state fair for judging. Remember the member must give a speech at the state fair. Afterwards, the hams go to your house so you can eat your project.

Caleb and Levi Stephenson will be showing beef and swine on Thursday and Friday of this week.

On Saturday, Lorinda Bennett, Gabby Bowen, Hannah Welch and Gallatin County 4-H member Kelli Deaton will be competing in the sewing Skill-a-Thon where they must identify materials, know the parts of the sewing machine, identify seams and sewing notions and take a pattern they have never seen and construct an item.

Again, I am so glad to be in a county where the citizens understand the importance of promoting life skill activities to their youth. Being anemployee of the Carroll County Cooperative Extension where the mission of 4-H is supported by the board members and extension councils is so fulfilling.


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.