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Local 4-H'ers Shine In Mountain State Fair Contests


Last updated 10/3/2018 at 1:39pm

Denver McNeely with his broiler chicken.

Not all the excitement was at the rides and games along the midway at the Mountain State Fair. The suspense was great as participants awaited the judges' decisions at the youth livestock shows, cooking contests, garden competitions and arts/crafts displays. This year's youth participants included members of two Transylvania County 4-H Clubs.

Representing the Little River 4-H Club were Adonai (age 12) and Azariah (age 9) Jacques. Adonai entered cooking, sewing, wood-turning and drawing contests, earning first place for scratch-made biscuits and third for her wood-turned candle stick. Azariah's birdhouse won first place and Judge's Choice.

Rosman Aggies 4-H Club members participated in the livestock, gardening, art and cooking contests. Denver McNeely won the PeeWee division of the Market Broiler Show, with his Cornish cross chickens.

Ella Grace McNeely won Junior Poultry Showmanship and placed second in her age group for Market Broilers. She won a total of $1,250 in awards for her two pigs, Coal and Oreo, both Show Champions.

Ella Grace McNeely (second from right) with her Show Champion pig, Coal.

Emma Hoxit entered a pumpkin and Clara Hoxit entered a watermelon. Emmary McCall entered her original art in the mixed media category to create a horse picture using dried rose petals. In the cooking contests, Elizabeth Menge won second place in the 6-9-year-old division for dropped cookies and William Ladue won second for dropped cookies, second for muffins and third for biscuits in the 10-12-year-old category.

4-H Youth Develop-ment opportunities are open to all youths ages 5 to 18 and is provided by N.C. State University and A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and local governments cooperating. Programs include science, gardening, cooking, horsemanship, archery, agriculture, leadership development and career readiness. For more information, contact 4-H Extension Agent at [email protected] or 884-3109.


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