Orange County 4-H youth advance to New York State Fair

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OTISVILLE — The 4-H youth of Orange County surpassed the judge’s expectations during the first 4-H Fair & Family Festival held July 26-28 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County’s Education Center and 4-H Park in Otisville. Now the youth participants are on their way to the New York State Fair competitions.

Throughout the year, many of these youth participate in specific 4-H activities that help them develop their knowledge and skills. Many different animal species, including Sheep, Dairy Cows, Dairy Goats, Dogs, Rabbits and Horses were shown over the course of the 3-day fair. All of the shows concluded with a Supreme Champion, which grants these particular youth to continue on to the New York State Fair to compete against other county champions.

Additionally, many other youth participated in other 4-H related activities including STEM, Home Arts and Fashion Review that will also make the venture to the New York State Fair. During the county-level competitions, many of the resourceful judges provided positive feedback to youth on how to improve their skills for future competitions. The following 4-H youth of Orange County will make the trip to the New York State Fair:

Sheep: 4-H Sheep Master Showman – Julie Vigilante

4-H Sheep Best Bred and Owned – Julie Vigilante

Dairy: 4-H Dairy Master Showman – Dermott Demarest

4-H Dairy Junior Supreme Champion – Brogan McKinne

Goat: 4-H Goat Master Showman – James Krenner

Rabbit: 4-H Rabbit Showmanship- Novice 1st place – Hannah Wieboldt

4-H Rabbit Showmanship- Jr/Intermediate 1st – Landon Ordway

4-H Rabbit Showmanship- Sr/Advanced 1st – Nathaniel Edwards

Dog: 4-H Dog Obedience Beginner B -1st place Mitch Demberg

4-H Dog Obedience Novice A – 1st place Madison Hintze

4-H Dog Obedience Advance Novice – 1st place Kaitlyn Stephenson

STEM Presentations: 1st place Team – Liam Ordway, Landon Ordway, Hannah Wieboldt andMitchell Demberg

Blue Ribbon Individual – Julia Schucker

Blue Ribbon Individual – Keira Stroud

Fashion Review Participants – Gracie Williams, Hannah Weiboldt, Madison Hintze, Keira Stroud and Kiley Stroud

Over the three day Fair celebration many local residents also enjoyed the new “Jeremy’s Shake Shack” providing milk shakes and smoothies to all. Children of all ages met with “Eggbert” and had fun hearing his stories and jokes. The crowds flocked the river during “Duck Derby” cheering for their favorite duck to finish the race. Many hands on activities and learning opportunities were available, such as the “Conversation Ball Pit”, Archery, tie dying, STEM exhibits, baby animals as part of Old Mac’s Farm, movie in the Park after dark and much more.

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