SPARTA, Ill. – Creativity and skills were on full display the last week of June as Randolph County members shared their annual projects at the general show. Following the 2020 summer of virtual exhibits, participants were anxious for the return of in-person shows. Members were judged in areas such as visual arts, photography, food and nutrition, floriculture, and much more.

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. Blue ribbon winners are:

  • Breanna Autry (Evansville) - Chalk/Carbon/Pigment Division A on Canvas, Paper, or Glass, State Fair Delegate
  • Harris Ehlers (Campbell Hill) - Welding, State Fair Delegate
  • David Koester (Red Bud) - Cooking 301, State Fair Delegate
  • Liam Renner (Coulterville) - Woodworking, State Fair Alternate
  • Libby Renner (Coulterville)
    • Visual Arts- Fiber- State Fair Alternate
    • Woodworking, State Fair Alternate
  • Micah Sattler (Red Bud) - Woodworking, State Fair Delegate
  • Cameron Severson (Sparta) - Electricity, State Fair Delegate
  • Lily Severson (Sparta) - Child Development, State Fair Delegate
  • Alaina Smith (Ruma)
    •  Child Development, State Fair Delegate
    • Creative Writing, State Fair Delegate
    • Photography 1, State Fair Delegate
    • Vegetable Plate, State Fair Delegate
    • Computer Generated Art, State Fair Delegate
    • Glass/Plastic, State Fair Delegate
  • Chase Smith (Ruma)
    • Vegetable Gardening, State Fair Delegate
    • Chalk/ Carbon/ Pigment Division A on Canvas, Paper, or Glass, State Fair Alternate
  • Riley Smith (Ruma)
    • Vegetable Gardening- State Fair Delegate
    • Visual Arts, Leather- State Fair Delegate
    • Woodworking, State Fair Delegate
  • Sara Stefani (Coulterville)  
    • Interior Design- State Fair Delegate
    • Photography 3 – State Fair Delegate
    • Visual Arts Fiber- State Fair Delegate
  • Nickole Weber (Coulterville)  
    • Food Preservation, State Fair Delegate
    • Visual Arts- Food Decorating, State Fair Delegate
    • Visual Arts- Metal, State Fair Delegate

The youngest 4-H members, known as Cloverbuds, also received a green ribbon recognition for participation in the fair. Randolph County Cloverbuds include:

  • Colton Beckham (Sparta)
  • Otto Elder (Coulterville)
  • Olin Elder (Coulterville)
  • Ivan Maddox (Prairie Du Rocher)
  • Annabelle Pearce (Evansville)
  • Leah Sattler (Red Bud)
  • Josie Weber (Coulterville)
  • Monabella Wahl (Evansville)
  • James Weidendorf (Evansville)

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator, hdwillis@illinois.edu, (618) 357-2126

SOURCE: Michaela Castens, 4-H program coordinator, mes379@illinois.edu, (618) 443-4364

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