4-Hers fare well at State Fair

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— Routt County youths didn't get much of a break after the Routt County Fair.

Their 4-H fair events wrapped up just as the Colorado State Fair kicked off its events Aug. 17.

The 4-H participants immediately packed up their winning fair projects and headed to Pueblo for the State Fair.

Senior and junior members from communities throughout the county turned in strong showings.

They represented Routt County well, said Debbie Alpe, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension agent.

"The kids put a lot of time into it," she said. "It's great to see the payoff."

More than 80 4-H members competed at the State Fair. Children and teen-agers brought more than 50 prize-wining projects, including foods, clothing, leathercraft, woodworking, entomology and rocketry, with them.

To compete at the State Fair, 4-H members had to capture champion honors in their age division at the Routt County Fair.

Every participant received merit ribbons at the State Fair, and more than half of their entries won top 10 rankings in their age and class divisions.

Hayden 4-Hers, Tyler Manzanares and Margot Binetti, earned top honors for their submissions in the Junior Leathercraft Division.

Manzanares was named the overall grand champion and Binetti was named the reserve grand champion.

Alexandra Smith of Phippsburg took home the overall grand champion award in the junior "decorate your duds" creative clothing division.

Senior 4-H members Jessica deGanahl and Meg Hayne fared well in the state 4-H fashion revue, with Hayne earning kudos for "best natural poise on stage."

Twenty-six 4-H shooting sports participants from Routt County competed against 1,000 other shooters in .22, shotgun, air rifle and archery events. All participants competed in a qualifying round before moving on to subsequent rounds.

The .22 team of Tyson Sweetser, Dave Gullet, Bryan Spaeth and Tyler Manzanares captured a grand champion standing in the junior division. Senior 4-H members Spencer Roos and Joe Pokay nailed 25 straight shots in the clay pigeon shotgun competition.

As the 4-H shooting sports program grows in Colorado, the level of competition rises, Alpe said.

"It's a pretty big deal," she said of Routt County's finishes.

The Routt County Rifle Club sponsored the team's entry fees.

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