TWIN BRIDGES – It was a hot week with smoky skies and a few thunderstorms, but none of that could quell the 4-H spirit at the annual Madison County Fair in Twin Bridges.
From start to finish, this year’s fair was all about 4-H, which made sense as all of Montana celebrates 100 years of 4-H in the state.
It seemed that in every corner of the fair someone was either making last-minute preparations for a livestock show, or winding down after coming
out of the show ring. In the barns, 4-H kids young and old were cleaning animals of every stripe, from little rabbits to 1,200-pound steers.
When the cool weather and thunderstorms hit on Friday morning, about half the lambs in the lamb barn were sporting colorful fabric coats to keep them warm.
The focus on 4-H makes the Madison County Fair special, said Madison County extension agent Andrea Sarchet.
“It’s just a little country fair that’s all about 4-H,” Sarchet said.
This year animals that were sold at the fair took home great prices, which was also great for the kids with sale animals, she said.
Nearly all the steers sold went for more than $3 a pound, Sarchet said. And while it’s typical for the grand champion to sell for more at Saturday’s sale, this year prices remained steady.
“I heard a lot of parents say ‘Those kids should be thankful for the prices they got’ because they did really well,” she said.
This year about 200 4-Hers participated in the fair. They were from 16 different 4-H clubs in both Madison and Jefferson Counties, Sarchet said.
4-H participation in the two counties has been steadily increasing over the past few years and part of it is because families are beginning to realize that even though 4-H has strong agricultural roots, it has diversified over the years.
“They just have a huge number of project to reach kids on all levels,” she said.
The 4-H year starts in October and really culminates at the fair where all participants have to give a talk to judges about their project, whether it is a steer or a Lego project.
“For each one of those entries the kid sits down with the judge and talks through what they did and the judge asks them questions,” Sarchet said.
This breeds confidence and self-esteem, which is important for kids to have an opportunity to experience during their developmental years.
“It’s pretty neat to hear that confidence start to build up in a kid and it takes time,” she said.
For more information on 4-H in Madison and Jefferson County, call or email the extension office at firstname.lastname@example.org and 287-3282.
Here is the first installment of Madison County Fair Results. Look for more in the weeks to come.
2012 MADISON COUNTY FAIR RESULTS
Indoor Exhibit Awards
Champion Teen Leadership: Mariah Carey
Reserve Champion Teen Leadership (ribbon only): Wylie Leo
Champion Wildlife: Tori Wilson
Champion Ranch Science: Erin Brush
Champion Vet Science: Tori Wilson
Champion Indoor Exhibit (Visual Al”tS): MiShai Huckaba
Champion Self-Determined Display: Tori Wilson
Champion Entomology: Zeb Antoinolli
Champion Beginning Overall Leathercraft: Emie Gilbert
Reserve Champion Beginning Overall Leathercraft (ribbon only): Zachariah Curtis
Champion Intermediate Overall Leathercraft: Makenna Livezey
Reserve Intermediate Overall Leathercraft (ribbon only): Lane Sitz
Champion Senior Overall Leathercraft: Cole Dunagan
Reserve Senior Overall Leathercraft (ribbon only): Cameron Carroll
Champion Overall Woodworking: Lane Buus
Reserve Overall Woodworking (ribbon only): Chas Buus
Jr. Champion Photograph: Jackson Nye
Jr. Reserve Champion Photograph: Beth Wrzesinski
Jr. Overall Champion Photographer: Mckinley Patritti
Jr. Overall Reserve Photographer: Beth Wrzesinski
Sr. Champion Photograph: Kayla Coffinan
Sr. Reserve Champion Photograph: Morgan Martin
Sr. Overall Grand Champion Photographer: Morgan Martin
Sr. Overall Reserve Champion Photographer: Kayla Coffinan
Overall Champion Scrapbook/Album: Kayla Coffinan
Judges Choice: Morgan Wallace
Ian Wallace: Riah Edsall
Overall Champion Educational Display: Taylre Sitz
Sr. Champion Cook: Hailey Hokanson
Sr. Reserve Champion Cook: Rianne Collins
Jr. Champion Cook: (tie) Kyra Armstrong and Katie Hall
Jr. Reserve Champion Cook: Lindsey Curtis
Beginner Champion Cook: Dorothy Mastel
Beginner Reserve Champion Cook: Avery Oliver
Champion Decorated Cake: Mariah Carey
Reserve Champion Decor. Cake: Whitney Mckitrick
Champion Special Cake Recipe: Clay Coffman
Reserve Special Cake Recipe: George Ball
Judges Choice: Gluten Free Kyra Armstrong
Judges Choice: Gluten Free Lindsey Curtis
Sr. Champion Interview: Mariah Carey
Jr. Champion Interview: Avery Oliver
Champion Construction Levell: Lane Buus
Overall Grand Advanced Quilting: Baylee Sciuchetti
Overall Intermediate Quilting: Hailey Hokanson
Overall Beginning Quilting: Josie Hokanson
Best Knitting: Sarah Anson
Best Crochet: Katherine Ball
Reserve Crocheting: Kyra Annstrong
Best Embroidery: Keena Millhouse
Champion Independent Study: Jenny Smith
Judges Choice Award: Baylee Sciuchetti
Cecelia Greutman Memorial Award: Kyra Annstrong
Goat & Dairy:
Sr. Dairy Showman Grand: Ty!er Babcock
Overall Dairy Cow Grand: Ty!er Babcock
SI~ Goat Showman Grand: Tori Wilson
Jr. Goat Showman Grand: Mada!ine Hag!
Champion Dairy Goat Grand: Madeline Hag! Reserve: Madeline Hag!
Product of Dam Grand: Madeline Hag!
Daily Goat Display Purple:Madeline Hag!
Overall Pigmy Goat Grand: Tori Wilson