MARION, Ill. – Creativity and skills were on full display this weekend as Williamson 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. Blue ribbon winners are:

Aerospace
Nick Sloan

Animal Science
Vivianna Burkett

Computer Science
Nick Sloan

Drones
Dominic Burkett
Elisha Burkett
Nick Sloan

Entomology
Gabriella Burkett, State Fair Delegate
Vivianna Burkett, State Fair Delegate, Best of Show

ESports
Nick Sloan

Family Heritage
Nick Sloan

Floriculture
Gabriella Burkett, State Fair Delegate
Vivianna Burkett
Food and Nutrition
Dominic Burkett (Cooking 301)
Dominic Burkett (Food Innovation), State Fair Delegate
Gabriella Burkett (Cooking 401), State Fair Delegate, Best of Show
Gabriella Burkett (Food Innovation)
Vivianna Burkett (Cooking 101)
Nick Sloan (Cooking 201), State Fair Delegate

Forestry
Gabriella Burkett, State Fair Delegate
Vivianna Burkett
Selphie McCann, State Fair Alternate

Geology
Vivianna Burkett

Health
Elisha Burkett

Intercultural
Nick Sloan

Natural Resources
Dominic Burkett
Elisha Burkett
Vivianna Burkett
Nick Sloan

Photography
Elisha Burkett (Photo Editing), State Fair Delegate
Elisha Burkett (Photography 3), Best of Show
Gabriella Burkett (Photography 2), State Fair Delegate
Megan Grey (Photography 1)
Nick Sloan (Photography 2)

Plant and Soil
Gabriella Burkett

Robotics
Nick Sloan, Best of Show

Shooting Sports
Elisha Burkett (Shotgun)

Vegetable Gardening
Dominic Burkett (Vegetable Gardening Display), State Fair Delegate
Dominic Burkett (Herb Display)
Gabriella Burkett (Vegetable Gardening Display), State Fair Delegate, Best of Show
Gabriella Burkett (Herb Display)
Vivianna Burkett (Herb Display)

Visual Arts
Dominic Burkett (Metal)
Gabriella Burkett (Heritage Arts)
Gabriella Burkett (Chalk/Carbon/Pigment), State Fair Delegate
Vivianna Burkett (Chalk/Carbon/Pigment)
Vivianna Burkett (Heritage Arts)
Selphie McCann (Paper), State Fair Delegate
Nick Sloan (Leather)
Nick Sloan (Chalk/Carbon/Pigment), State Fair Delegate, Best of Show

Woodworking
Dominic Burkett
Elisha Burkett

The youngest 4-H members, known as Cloverbuds, also received a green ribbon recognition for participation in the fair. Spencer McCann was the 2021 Cloverbud participant for Williamson County. 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.

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

SOURCE: Ramona Girtman, 4-H program coordinator, girtman@illinois.edu, (618) 993-3304

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