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It’s been a day at the fair for several Washington County 4-H members who have taken a total of 56 projects to the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

Bruce Zimmer, 4-H Youth Development Director with the Ohio State University Washington County Extension Office, said 49 students had projects that qualified to go to the state level and five students earned high honors in their projects.

“We had some students earn Outstanding of the Day and that is pretty awesome for the kids,” he said.

The fair, which wraps up on Sunday, divides the projects into different category days. Participants are not required to attend the fair for the entire two and a half weeks, just on the days of their project. The non-livestock categories include food and nutrition, communication, health and safety, STEM, woodworking and genealogy. Of course, many local students also took livestock projects, including beef, dairy cattle, rabbits and horses.

Elaine Wells has been involved with 4-H for more than 25 years and is the advisor for the Churchtown Community Crew. Three of her 4-Hers received superior ratings on the local level to qualify to take their projects to state. Two of those, Ethan and Emma Poulton, received Outstanding marks.

“It’s a real learning experience for the kids because they are competing with others from all over the state,” she said. “Sometimes they will think they have a good project and then here comes another kid with a bigger folder full of information, then here comes another with a wagon full…but they get to meet a lot of new people.”

For one of her projects, Alyssa Hitt, 13, created a scrapbook in honor of her brother who serves in the Air Force and lives in North Carolina. She scored a superior when it was judged in the countywide competition at the Washington County Career Center and earned the right to take it to state, where she earned Outstanding of the Day.

“It felt really good, not only to win outstanding but because I did it for someone I care…

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