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State fair off to a strong start for local participants

| July 28, 2022
The accolades are already starting to pour in for the local 4-H students competing in this year's Ohio State Fair. Sisters Emma and Melody Sproul (left) won top honors for their performance at Wednesday's Health & Safety Public Speaking Competition, while Allison Kendle earned an Outstanding of the Day honor for her quilting project. (Tuscarawas County OSU Extension Office)

COLUMBUS (WJER) (July 28, 2022) – Area 4-Hers have been traveling to Ohio’s capital city to show off what they’ve been working on this year.

The Ohio State Fair opened Wednesday and continues through August 7th, again with rides, a midway, and grandstand entertainment. Tuscarawas County 4-H Advisor Kiersten Heckel is glad to see the event back to its pre-pandemic format. 

“We haven’t had a full state fair since 2019 so it’ll be really good to have a full one back. I’ll be in and out myself helping with some of the livestock Skill-a-thons and cheering on our own kids that are down there.” 

She says Tuscarawas County has its usual strong showing, with lots of livestock projects and over a hundred miscellaneous entries.

“And I’ve already gotten word from a mom/advisor that her two daughters did very well in the Health & Safety Public Speaking Contest. I believe they won their age division, which is awesome. So that’s the first couple of clock trophies coming home to T-County.”

For updates on how our local 4-H delegation is faring in Columbus and photos of the winners, visit the WJER Facebook page.




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