The Scioto County Fair isn’t just a place to admire animals and enjoy entertainment, it’s also a place of art appreciation – celebrating local talent across all ages.
Locals can enter their artwork in a variety of mediums, from sculpture, painting, needlework, to felting and photography. And you don’t have to be in 4H to participate, anyone can enter. There is no entry fee and all skill levels are accepted.
“We want to give everyone in the community a chance to participate in the fair,” said Director Mike Gampp. Gampp has been directing the art showcase for several years. “For those who aren’t in 4H, this might be something that they’re interested in, and so we try to provide opportunities to showcase how great our community is.”
The works go up on display prior to the fair and are separated into divisions based on medium and age. The works are then judged by an outside party from Kentucky, who wished to remain anonymous.
“I like painting because it’s really fun,” said 8 year-old participant Lily VanKirk. This is VanKirk’s second year entering the competition. In 2015, she was awarded second-place for her painting of a Calla Lily. This year, she entered two paintings, one of a raptor and one of a gold-fish, each earning her a second-place ribbon. “It was really awesome to win. I decided to paint animals this year because I’ve really been into learning about them. I decided to paint the raptor because I love the movie, Jurassic World, and I thought they were cool.”
Other winners include: Erica Hall, Miranda Johnson, Jerry Weaver, Laura Oakes, Carly Thoroughman, Madelyn Veach, Jane Brown, Sophia Arnett, Larry Brown, Debbie Castle, Eric Kephas, James Star, Tammy Mitchell, Walter Herles, Paula Rossiter, Jessica Riggs, Cheryl Waltmyer, Tristan Wood, Blake Wood, Madison Coriell, Jennifer Ratliff, Bryan Stevens, Elizabeth Hammons, Conner Lore, Savannah Moore, Madison Mays, Lucy Grashel, Molly Grashel, Kelsey Shope, Maddi Green, Sandy Mounts, Mike Mounts, Dakota Bennett, Wayne Allen, Aubrey Quillen.
Kerigan Davis, Shyanne Foellner, Hanna VanHoose, Faith Harting, Jean Irvin, Mary Beaumont, Paige Howard, Becky Schreick, Ashley Seal, Jessi Wagner, Kim Floyd, Ruthann Adams, Allie McCray, Bethany Wessel, Bre Donahoe, Tiffany Moore, Kylie Johnson, Cassie Brown, Ryan Brown, Emily Cram, Dylan Wilson, Kynedi Davis, Anna Knapp, Janice Shanks, Mackenzie Coriell, Madelyn Bennett, Savannah Barker, Morgan Barker, Mya Shonkwiler, Jerry Evans, Gertreude Leadingham, and Laura Smith.
Winners received ribbons for their work, and monetary compensation depending on placement. If you haven’t been out to the fair to check out these works of art, you can do so tomorrow.
All exhibits must be removed on Sunday, Aug. 14 between noon and 4 p.m.
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