4-H members ready for scrutiny

Register Reporter

Kolbyn Allen was in “hurry up and wait” mode this morning.
Allen, a member of City Slickers 4-H Club, was among scores of youths waiting for their entries to be judged.
Her photography entries were taking a bit longer than in years past because of a new rule that allowed each member to submit as many as eight photographs. Allen patiently bided her time by checking out other exhibits in the Recreation Community Building until it was her time to be judged.
“I’m not really nervous,” Allen, 13, said. “I just want to get it over with.”
Allen entered photography, arts and crafts, foods and a safety poster in today’s judging. Ideally, she’ll add to her purple ribbon she won Tuesday for clothing buymanship at the 4-H Fashion Revue.
Allen noted that she has no animal entries this year, so she will have learned by this afternoon how well her fair entries have fared.
“You don’t know what the judges will like sometimes,” added her mother, Jill.
Meanwhile, Colton Storrer was in the process of having his bundt German chocolate cake judged.
The cake came from his great-grandmother’s recipe. This was the first time Colton had made the cake as a bundt, noted his mother, Gina.
He received a blue ribbon.
“I was hoping for a purple ribbon,” he said.
He said points may have been deducted because the cake’s topping was applied all at once instead of dripped on slowly.
“I’ll learn from it,” he said.

THE 116TH edition of the fair kicked off in grand fashion over the weekend with picture-perfect weather greeting those visiting the car show, barbecue cookoff and free Outlaw Junkies concert.
Sunday’s tractor and draft horse pulls and “3” Rusty Nails concert drew perhaps the largest Sunday fair crowd in recent memory, said Fair Board Member Johnny Womack.
“I’m sure the weather had something to do with that,” he said.
A full slate of activities will fill the remainder of the week.
The annual shodeo begins tonight at 7:30 at the Lyle Dreher Roughriders arena, following a round of mutton busting. Cowboy poetry will be featured on the free stage.
The URA-MRCA Rodeo begins its two-night run Tuesday. The 4-H and FFA Lions Club Premium Auction starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the ranch rodeo is Friday. The demolition derby wraps up fair week Saturday.
In addition, a number of fair staples, including the baby barnyard and open class exhibits in the rec building will be open through Thursday at the fairgrounds at Riverside Park.