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4-H competitions wrap-up a productive summer

ESSEX JUNCTION Members of the Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club wrapped up a busy August with two days of competition at the Champlain Valley Fair on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday in the fitting and showmanship competition, Rebecca Calder was second in the 16-year-old class, Megan Precourt won the 15-year-old class, Abby Stoner won the 14 year old class, Mallory Hillman was second in the 13-year-old class and in the 11-year-old class Claire Stoner was second and Elsa Bock was third. In the conformation competition Claire's spring calf, Megan's fall calf, and Mallory's spring yearling all won first in their class.

Competition continued on Sunday with dairy cattle judging, in which Maya Grevatt correctly placed both classes, general knowledge questions, in which Rebecca Calder correctly answered all the questions, the judging jamboree where the club members learned to judge llamas and jams and jellies, and the fair parade.

For the parade Abby, Mallory, and Elsa spray painted 4-H clovers and 4-H's on their heifers and Elsa painted clovers on her calf's hooves with nail polish.

An event that combines creativity and ingenuity was the costume competition. Brooke Aicher and her calf Disney as pirates of the cowabean were in the top three. Kara Buell was her cow while her cow was her. Christina Datillio , Isabelle Lourie-Wisbaum, and Lani the calf were hay, water, and grain.

The season is winding down or rather heading towards its grand finale as four members of the Shelburne Explorers will be heading for the Big E, the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Mass. from Sept. 13 to 16. The representatives of Vermont will be Rebecca Calder, Maya Grevatt, Abby Stoner and Megan Precourt with Mallory Hillman as first alternate.

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