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Perry County 4-H youth place in 2022 general show and food show

Pinckneyville, Ill. – Creativity and skills were on full display at the Perry County Fair as 4-H members shared their annual projects at the general show. The following week, those who love baking shared tasty and beautifully decorated items at the food show held at the Pinckneyville Community Center.

4-H members that receive state delegation will have the opportunity to display their projects at the Illinois State Fair on August 14 in Springfield.  

Those selected for delegates for the state fair are:

Anna Bathon – 4-H Cooking 301

Isla Calderon – 4-H Cooking 101

Maddy Choate - STEAM Clothing 1 FUNdamentals Sewn Non-Clothing

Cody Epplin - Sportsfishing 1

James Epplin - Vegetable Gardening Display

Claira Folden - Photography 2

Rowan Giacomo - Family Heritage

Carly Heisner - Chalk/Carbon/Pigment Division A on Canvas, Paper or Glass

Avery Kellerman - STEAM Clothing 1 FUNdamentals Sewn Clothing, Heritage Arts

Lydia Kocian - Chalk/Carbon/Pigment Division A on Canvas, Paper or Glass,  Chalk/Carbon/Pigment Division B on Wood, Metal or Textiles, Wooodworking 3

Addison Leonard - Clay

Abigail Luthy - Documentary

Mya McIntyre – Foods Innovation Class

Jenna Opp - 4-H Cooking 401, Wood

Kaitlyn Rains - STEAM Clothing 2 - Simply Sewing Sewn Non-Clothing

Sarah Restoff - Forests of Fun 3, Design Decisions-Beginning, Cover Crops, Tractor A, Nature

Michael Sizemore - Beekeeping 1

Bruce Still - Entomology 1

Harrison Still - 4-H Cooking 101, Herb Display

Steven Still - Beekeeping 2, Floriculture A, Vegetable Gardening Fruit Plate

Alyvia Suhr - Metal

Allison Szostak - Child Development, Health 3, Passport to the World, Leadership 1

William Szostak - Health 1, Woodworking 2

Dayton Wesseln - Photography 1, Food Decorating-Beginning

Mackenna Wesseln - 4-H Cooking 401

Addison Willis - 4-H Cooking 301

Brooklyn Willis - Journalism

The youngest 4-H members, known as Cloverbuds, also received a green ribbon for participation in the fair. The 2022 Cloverbud participants for Perry County are Jameson Rathert, Harvey Choate, Harper Giacomo, Henry Hill, Campbell Kinney, and Clara Mathis.

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

SOURCE: Rhonda Shubert, 4-H program coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

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