When anyone can showcase a talent — no matter what the skill is in — it’s something that should be beheld by all who are close to the individuals that are showcasing said talents.
For quite a few Scioto County natives, their respective talents have been shown off in spades as seven youths from around the county lines have already earned outstanding ratings while more than a dozen others have placed highly amongst their competition at the Ohio State Fair as 4-H state competition hits full swing in Columbus.
As a whole, Scioto County has proven to be very successful at the Ohio State Fair in 2017 as three individuals have already racked up outstanding awards in several different categories.
Bethany Smith took home the J-09 class crown in Active Sportswear en route to being the top honoree of seven females in said class, while Melanie Fuhrmann was one of only two individuals in the entire state to earn accolades in the J-14 class, Clothing for Your Career, in state competition. In addition to her efforts in the J-14 class, Fuhrmann also won the Lloyd and Doris Roby 4-H Clothing Award for her overall achievement in clothing projects and leadership demonstrated throughout her 4-H career.
Sarah Hooper, who was one of 11 individuals to receive outstanding accolades in the J-04 class, Sundresses and Jumpers, and Addison Mullins, who earned her own outstanding day in Fun with Clothes, rounded out a strong performance for Scioto County in that area.
So far, Scioto County has had at least one individual earn an outstanding performance award in the cake decorating, leadership and welding categories at the Ohio State Fair.
While his sister was earning accolades in the clothing division, Andrew Fuhrmann made his own stamp in the welding category by becoming one of only three individuals in the entire state to earn outstanding honors. Fuhrmann did this while competing in the J-02 class, Bigger Weldment, en route to taking home accolades. Kelsey Shope joined Fuhrmann as one of just three individuals to take home an outstanding award, but in the J-03 class, Club Leadership II, while Mickayla Frazier became one of 15 ladies to take home outstanding honors in the J-06 class, which is cake decorating.
In the equestrian activities at the Ohio State Fair, each of the eight individuals that competed in Columbus obtained finishing positions that allowed each participant to walk away with either a ribbon or a championship trophy.
Kenzie Boehm led the way by taking home grand champion honors in easy gaited equitation and finishing seventh in easy gaited pleasure, while Molly Meeker (two fourth place finishes in easy gaited equitation and pleasure), Lainie Johnson (two sixth place finishes in easy gaited equitation and pleasure) and Katie Argueta (seventh in easy gaited equitation and eighth in easy gaited pleasure) joined Boehm in taking home accolades in multiple events
In addition to the efforts of the aforementioned quartet, Dalton Wright, who obtained a fifth place finish in ground roping, Chris Rachford, who finished fifth in easy gaited equitation, Destiny Kingery, who placed eighth in easy gaited equitation, and Lyndsay Mefford, who finished 10th in easy gaited pleasure, also represented Scioto County at the highest of levels.
Expect to see additional results, including livestock, in next week’s edition of the Daily Times.
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