Fulton 4-H members win fair awards 10.07

Written by David Green.

Area 4-H club members earned a variety of awards at the Fulton County Fair.

Dairy and Beef

Austin Krieger, Grand Champion Rate-of-Grain Steer; Four Year Olds.

MacKenzie Fruchey, Reserve Champion Beef Breeding, Showmanship 13-15.

Josh Borton, Reserve Champion Dairy Steer.

Ben Kovar, Dairy Feeder Calves Showmanship 17 and older.

Jessica Sexton, Dairy Feeder Calves Showmanship 15-16.

Kaela Seiler, Dairy Feeder Calves Showmanship 11-13, Beef Feeder Calves Showmanship 11, Beef Steers Showmanship 11-13.

Kelsey Fruchey, Beef Feeder Calves Showmanship 9 and Under.

Arrin Short, fifth place rate-of-gain steer, fifth place rate-of-gain carcass.

Courtney Krieger, fourth place rate-of-gain carcass.

Kalley Martin, Reserve Champion Senior Dairy, Reserve Champion Dairy, Senior Two Year Olds.

Katie Knisely, Reserve Champion Junior Dairy, Int. Heifer Calves, Senior Yearling Heifer.

Dylan Henricks, Junior Two Year Olds.

Riley Martin, Junior Yearling Heifer.


Andrea Allan, Reserve Champion Heavy Weight Hog.


Brynn Ballmer, Showmanship 10.


Brittany Seiler, Showmanship 16 and older.

Ben Kovar, Aged Ewe.

Clay Burkholder, Junior Sheep Flock, second place Sheep Skill-a-thon Senior Division.

Casen Burkholder, third place Sheep Skill-a-thon Junior Division.


Rebecca Rash, Grand Champion Dairy Doe Wet, Reserve Champion Dairy Goat Dry, Reserve Champion Dairy Doe Wet, Dairy Showmanship 14-15, Mother and Daughter, first place Skill-a-Thon, Fulton County 4-H Caprine Queen.

Kelly Barber, Dairy Showmanship 16 & over.

Jared Fahrer, fourth place rate-of-gain.

Ethan VanLooke, fifth place rate-of-gain.


Jessica Sexton, Best Flower Gardening Project, Best Vegetable Gardening Project.

Ohio State Fair

Rebecca Rash, Reserve Champion Senior Doe Recorded Grade, Reserve Champion Junior Doe Saanen, Showmanship 15-16, second place Skill-a-thon 15-year-old division. Open class: Grand Champion Senior Recorded Grade, Reserve Champion Senior Recorded Grade, Breeders Trio Recorded Grade, Governor’s Cup Award for Best Herd Recorded Grade, Best Udder Recorded Grade.

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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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