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Lots of winners at the state fair

At the 2007 Vermont State Fair all 4-H Club participants were winners. All completed their project work and filled out project books. Depending on the type of projects, many students filled other requirements, including taking part in a number of countywide activities. The top winner for 2007 was Erik Chapin from the Westside Wanderers 4-H club of West Rutland. He was recipient of the McKirryher Family Watch Award as the young man who received the highest number of award points at this year's annual display.

Under the category of horticulture, Chapin brought in the heaviest field pumpkin to win the Chippenhook Veggie Stand award, and also won the Otter Valley Supply and Garden Award for the outstanding senior garden exhibitor. Chapin also received top ranking for his home garden exhibit given by the Rutland Chapter of UVM Master Gardeners.

Other awards Chapin received included Cattle: Best of Breed for his milking shorthorn; both the Dried Food Award and the Best Soft Spread Award in the food preservation and safety category, and a Most Improved Award in the public presentations division.

Heather Ponto from the Crafty Critters 4-H Club of West Rutland received the Officers and Trustees Award as Chapin's female counterpart this year.

Ponto received third place in the home garden exhibit category, a second place in dried arrangements, the Heleba Award for highest number of points in woodworking and handicrafts, and Exhibitor Award: Conservation, Nature and Creative Crafts.

In the photography category, Ponto received two firsts, for her sequence of three photos telling a story and for her computer enhanced photo. She also received the Collett Family Baking Award for her decorated cake entry, and took home four firsts in the dog competition. Her decorated cake won her the Ann Story Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution award for the best patriotic-themed entry.

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