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Skills of 4-Hers take top awards

These young people took home awards at the Lawrence County Junior Fair for clothing and/or cooking projects. They are, first row from left, Ezekiel Honaker and Devon Forbush. Second row, from left, John Fliehman, Bela Delawder, Macy Perry, Deanna Fliehman, and Katy Spears. Third row, from left, Kim Schmidt, Tristin Ward and Hunter Haynes.

ROME TOWNSHIP — Lawrence County Junior Fair volunteer Lana Hardy told the crowd gathered at the 4-H shelter Monday night the skills young people learned in their clothing and food preparation projects are skills that will last them a lifetime. The skills of several young women were on display at the fashion show that evening. Young ladies from several 4-H clubs strutted their stuff, showing off everything from hotly decorated handbags to complete outfits.

Deanna Fliehman, of Starlite, won first place in the Sew Fun category with her floral dress and coordinating headband.

Macy Perry and Bela Delawder, both of Barnbusters, won first and second places, respectively in the Accessories for Teens category. Delawder decorated a black handbag and Perry made a necklace.

In the Loungewear category, Katy Spears of Country Cousins and Kids took top honors for her multi-colored polkadot pajamas and bright green fleece bathrobe; Kimberly Schmidt took second place for her floral cotton loungepants and coordinating drawstring bag.

In the Clothing for Middle School category, Tristin Ward won first place for a dark blue pants and coordinating print top emsemble.

The clothing, along with cooking projects, were judged at a competition in June with the winners announced at the fair.

In the Snack Attack category, Katy Spears won first place, Tristin Ward second and Deanna Fliehman third. In the Grill Master category — which is a new competition — Hunter Haynes of Country Clover won first place. In the I Spy In The Kitchen category, first and second place honors went to John Fliehman and Ezekiel Honaker, respectively. In Cake Decorating, Devon Forbush of Ranch Hands, Bela Delawder and Macy Perry took the first, second and third honors, respectively.

In addition to the projects, the young people also compete in written tests that judge their knowledge of cooking and/or clothing basics. In the junior clothing skillathon, Katy Spears, Macy Perry and Bela Delawder won top three awards, respectively. Kimberly Schmidt won the top award in the senior division, clothing skillathon.

In the nutrition skillathon, Devon Forbush took home the top honor in the junior division followed by Katy Spears and Hunter Haynes.

Additionally, Tristin Ward won the annual Sally Stone Scissor Award and Devon Forbush won the Hardy Cookbook Award.