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Carter County 4-H Members Win Big at Kentucky State Fair

Louisville was a buzz for the Kentucky State Fair held August 15-25.  Cloverville, the 4-H village-like area located in AgLand in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center, gave young people from all 120 counties an opportunity to showcase their best work to the entire state. The fair was the culminating event for 4-H’ers who have put countless hours of research and preparation into their projects.

During the year, 4-H’ers mastered specific skills to complete their project and developed valuable life skills like perseverance and responsibility in the process.  Seven Carter County 4-H members walked away from this year’s Cloverville with champion ribbons: 

  • Darrin Yates – Electricity Circuits – Blue, Electric Division Reserve Champion & Wood Science Level 4 – Blue, Woodworking Division Reserve Champion
  • Lilly Gilbert – Leaf Collection – Blue, Forestry Division Reserve Champion 
  • Elizabeth Middleton – Quilted Runner – Blue, Needlework Division Reserve Champion
  • William Middleton – Senior Heritage Arts – Blue, Class Champion
  • Kenzie Owens – Horticulture Production and Marketing – Blue, Class Champion
  • Aubri Perkins – Junior Felted Wool Applique Mat – Blue, Class Champion

In addition to the projects, Cloverville and the rest of the State Fair was home to live showcases and hands-on contests that allowed 4-H members to display their natural talents and abilities and to entertain fairgoers. Carter County 4-H champions in these events included Brady Sammons, Gerald Flaugher, and Sydney Bush.   Sammons earned top honors in the Senior Avian Bowl and will compete at the National Poultry & Egg Conference in November.    Flaugher received the Grand Champion ribbon for the Senior Lawn Mower Driving contest.   Bush earned the Reserve Champion award for the Junior Poultry Judging contest after successfully evaluating eggs, past production hens, and ready to cook carcasses.   

Carter County 4-H received one of two $50 awards presented by the Kentucky Poultry Federation to the poultry team with the best shirt design.  The senior Avian Bowl team consisting of Brady Sammons, Kane Castle, Cheron Flaugher, and Gerald Flaugher also placed second in the double elimination style tournament.   

The LEGO Wizards placed sixth in the Robotics Challenge where they programed an EV3 LEGO robot to perform various tasks and used junk drawer items to build a car.   Team members included Reese Bush, Sydney Bush, Ethan Pope, Hayley Cushard, Jackson Stewart, Ashton Moore, and Austin Gearhart.  

Other Carter County 4-H members participating in the State Fair included:  

  • Blaine Brammell – Market Lamb
  • Colby Brammell – Market Lamb – 4th in Class
  • Kendall Brammell – Market Lamb
  • Joel Brammell – Market Lamb 
  • Josh Brammell – Market Lamb
  • Sydney Bush – Avian Bowl – Blue
  • Kane Castle – Poultry Judging – Red; Avian Bowl – Red 
  • Aubrey Cox – Coffee Cake – White 
  • Haley Cushard – Junior Art Trends – Red
  • Gabe Davis – Market Lamb – 2nd in Class 
  • Destiny Davis –Market Lamb – 4th in Class; Carrot Cake – White
  • Chandler Easterling – Photography – White
  • Ethan Easterling – Photography – Red
  • Allison Elkin – Senior Watercolor – Blue; & Senior Circular Shape Drawing – Blue
  • Olivia Elkin – Knitting – Red 
  • Madison Evans – Senior Oil Painting – Blue 
  • Dawson Felty – Market Lamb – 3rd in Class
  • Hannah Felty – Market Lamb 
  • Cheron Flaugher – Senior Avian Bowl – Red; 
  • Gerald Flaugher – Senior Tractor Driving – Red; Senior Poultry Judging – 8th place, Blue; Avian Bowl – Red 
  • Maddyson Flannery – Snickerdoodle Cookies – White 
  • Alyssa Holbrook – Poultry Judging – Red 
  • Nevaeh Kouns – Junior Cartooning – Red; Junior Color Pencil – White
  • Matthew Maddix – Wood Science Level 2 – Blue
  • Ashton Moore – Junior Basket Making – Green
  • Kenzie Owens – Horticulture Project Exhibits Blue & Home Environment Unit 1 – White 
  • Ethan Pope – Junior Upcycling – Blue; Home Environment Invitation and Thank You Letter – Red; Poultry Judging – Blue; Avian Bowl – White 
  • Trinity Prichard – Home Environment Decorative Item for the Home – Blue
  • Rickalyn Rayburn – Home Environment Accessory for the Home – Blue
  • Brady Sammons – Geology – Blue; Senior Two Point Perspective Drawing – Red; Electronics – Green; Poultry Judging – Blue, 7th Place 
  • David Sexton – Wood Science Level 1 – White
  • Kendra Vanlandingham – Junior Oil Painting – Blue; Junior Oil Landscape – Blue
  • Makyla Waggoner – Quilted Mat – White 
  • Riley Weaver – Terrariums – Blue; Dish Gardens – Red; Senior Contour Drawing Red; Senior Mask – Red; & Senior Clay Bust – Red
  • Vayda Wiggs –Cornmeal Muffins – White 
  • Carter Wiseman – Market Lamb 
  • Darrin Yates – Senior Upcycling – Blue

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