Local contestants at state fair

Washington County 4-H had some great representation at this year’s Ohio State Fair, according to Alison Baker, Ohio State University Extension educator for 4-H youth development in Washington County.

“We had close to 100 kids who competed at the county level, and 35 of those went on to the state fair,” she said. “I attended the fair in Columbus two days, and there was a full house on both of those days.”

The fair ran from July 24 to Aug. 4.

Baker said all of the Washington County 4-H youth did well, but some were standouts in both livestock and non-livestock competition against contestants from all 88 Ohio counties.

“Liz Brightbill, for example, was a clock winner for her self-determined presentation project on natural resources, and Sierra Glazier also received the clock trophy for a speech and demonstration,” she said. “The clock is the highest prize for non-livestock presentations.”

Maddie Treadway, 18, from the Churchtown area, received three gold medals for dog agility at the state fair.

“I went through three different courses with my dog, Brandy, a border collie,” she said. “I’ve been training with her for about five years now.”

Two of the three courses were set up by fair officials, and Treadway said each participant also sets up one course on their own. She and Brandy received a gold medal for their performance on each course.

“It’s a timed event, and you have to run through the courses as perfectly as you can,” she said.

A member of the Churchtown Busy Bunch 4-H since she was 9 years old, Treadway said this is the first time she’s trained a dog in agility. But she also earned a gold medal with Brandy at the state fair a couple of years ago.

Treadway is attending Washington State Community College this fall, looking to major in business administration.

In livestock, Zach Henthorn, 18, of Barlow Township placed first in both the Junior Simmental junior and senior heifer calf categories. He also had a reserve champion Junior Simmental calf and participated in the Junior Simmetal-Supreme Champion Drive.

Henthorn, with the Fleming Energizers 4-H group, and a senior at Warren High School, is no stranger to the Ohio State Fair competition.

“We’ve showed at the state fair since 2003, and have won the Junior Reserve Champion seven times,” he said. “And this year was one of the biggest junior shows with the most cattle they’ve had at the fair in years.”

Henthorn noted his animals also placed sixth overall in national competition at Lincoln, Neb., this year.

But it takes some commitment to care for the cattle he shows.

“It all starts around January or February when the calves are born,” he said. “And by June and July we’ll begin working for shows. We can show the same calf for about a year and a half.”

Henthorn will also be participating in the Washington County Fair livestock competition over the Labor Day weekend.

He’s planning to attend Purdue University to study animal science.

“All of the Washington County young people that attended the state fair did a great job,” Baker said. “And new members are welcome. Any youth interested in the county 4-H program should contact the local Extension office at 376-7431 for more information.”