Carroll 4-H'ers take top awards at Md. State Fair

September 21, 1998

Carroll County 4-H'ers who went to the Maryland State Fair last month came home winners in categories ranging from fashion to livestock to bicycle riding.

Eight county 4-H'ers competed in the Fashion Revue, showing their handmade apparel in 11 categories. Participants were Jessica Boyd, Blair Mersinger, Jennie Lippy, Rachel Dyky, Chasity Hare, Nicole Schott, Jeena Rinehart and Jennifer Moore.

Rachel Dyky of Westminster was creative choice champion. Her white sleeveless dress included 500 hand-sewn pearls on the bodice.

Nicole Schott of Manchester won the costume category for her blue-and-white turn-of-the-century gown.

Amy Langmead of Sykesville won first place in the youth category (ages 13 to 18) for her cross-stitch as part of the home arts competition.

In the bicycle-safety contest, Daniel Dell, 14, of Lakeland Heights won the senior championship. Ryan Ford, 15, of Deer Park Ridge also placed.

Jonathan Sutton, 14, of Patapsco won the intermediate bicycle-safety championship. In the junior category, Michael Meadows, 9, of Sykesville also won his class.

Second-place winners in their bicycle-safety class were Megan Crowl, 9, of Taneytown and Alice Gehret, 9, of Hampstead.

Jason Watt, 18, of Middleburg won the senior category of the small-engine event. The competition included a written exam, parts identification and visual presentation.

He is eligible to represent Maryland for the second consecutive year at the national competition Sunday to Sept. 29 in Indiana. Last year, he was on the state team that won the national championship in automotive care and safety. He also was on the team that won the national engineering bowl knowledge championship.

Jason Ridinger, 14, of Harney placed second in the junior small-engine category.

When it comes to animals, several Carroll County 4-H'ers raised and rode champions.

Melanie Trimper, 16, of Westminster and her Connemara pony, All Decked Out, won the conformation class for pony geldings 3 and older. Later, she took top honors with Taylor Made, her 11-year-old thoroughbred that was named champion gelding.

Mount Airy resident Jessica Boone, 16, also showed twice. Her thoroughbred, Encore, won the conformation class for 2-year-old fillies and geldings. Tobi-Anne, a 5-year-old crossbreed, won top honors for fillies and mares 3 and older, and was chosen champion mare.

Jessica also won top honors in the handy hunter-over fences event while riding Tobi-Anne.

Anna Harrison, 15, of Woodbine won first place in the pleasure seat event with her mare, Village Talk, which was named reserve champion mare. Rider and horse also won the pleasure class for horses.

In the market hog category, Brittany Full, 8, of Mount Airy had the grand champion market hog, which sold for $11 a pound at the state livestock sale.

Matt Fogle, 14, of Woodbine sold his 130-pound black wether market lamb for $2.60 a pound.

Michael Harrison, 18, of Woodbine had the champion rate-of-gain steer, which sold for 97 cents a pound.

Samantha Feeser, 17, of Taneytown had the reserve champion market goat, which brought $3.10 a pound.

Several youths also know how to judge their livestock. Greg Horner, 17, of Houcksville and Rebecca Warfield, 16, and Ben Harrison, 16, both of Mount Airy, qualified for the Maryland "B" livestock judging team.

The team will participate in the Eastern U.S. Stockmen's Contest and Eastern U.S. Livestock Judging Contest next month near Blacksburg, Va.

Pub Date: 9/21/98

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