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Jersey County 4-H members, along with youth from 31 counties in Illinois, exhibited at the Illinois State Fair 4-H Project Show on Saturday, August 14. There’s always lots of 4-H to see at the Illinois State Fair. Award-winning 4-H members display their general project work during three amazing days of the Illinois State Fair.
Members participating at the state fair project show must be promoted from their local county show by project judges. Each project area is eligible to promote a specific number of youth to compete at the state level. Jersey County had sixteen youth exhibits at the state contest. Those participating included: Carson Beckman, Clark Blasa, Grant Blasa, Douglas Ford, Kimberlee Ford, Allison Haarmann, Amelia Jumper, Ava Pulley, Alayna Rothe, Brennan Shoemaker, Keeley Shoemaker, Paul Slusser, Dinah Slusser, Daphne Slusser, Taylor Woodring and Leann Woodring. All members received “A” ratings and participation ribbons. Members who received extra recognition include: Clark Blasa-Champion Woodworking 4, Grant Blasa-Inspire Award Visual Arts Clay, Paul Slusser-Champion Sportfishing 1, Taylor Woodring-Reserve Champion Sports Nutrition, and Leann Woodring-Reserve Champion Cooking 401.
Jersey County 4-H members also competed in the junior livestock shows during the Illinois State Fair. Those receiving high points include: Carson Beckman earned 1st place for his Chianina Heifer, 3rd place for his Simmental Heifer, and 3rd place for his Hereford Steer; Aubree Bauer earned 1st place for her Red Angus Heifer and 2nd for her Spring Red Angus Heifer; Natalie Hill earned 3rd place for her Shorthorn Steer; Clayton Richey
earned 3rd place for his Crossbred Barrow; Taylor Richey earned 3rd place for her Land of Lincoln Angus Heifer; Allison Haarmann earned 3rd placed for her All Asiatic Cockerel, 3rd place for her All Asiatic Pullet, 3rd place for her English Cockerel, 1st place for her All Other American Breeds Pullet, 2nd place for her Mediterranean Cockerel and 3rd place for her Mediterranean Pullet; and Mia Wolff earned 3rd place for her Single Fryer Rabbit.
Taylor Richey represented Jersey County on Friday, August 13 at the Master Showmanship contest at the Illinois State Fair. Richey exhibited her swine, sheep and beef with great skill and determination. She placed in the top 10 percent of the competition.
Congratulations to the Jersey County 4-H members and their incredible achievements.