LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The Livingston County 4-H Booth at the NYS Fair revealed plenty of talent within our county, with 91 exhibits from local youths ranging in age from 5 to 18.
A press release from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County said that having an exhibit selected for the State Fair is a wonderful accomplishment in and of itself, but Livingston County participants received 44 blue, 23 red, 1 white ribbon and 23 participation ribbons.
“It represents all the 4H groups in Livingston County.” said Renee Hopkins with CCE Livingston County. “It gives the kids a chance to shine at a higher level and be evaluated under higher standards.”
A Purple Rosette, the highest honor exemplifying outstanding work, was awarded to a group exhibit from members Isabelle Dennis, Lily Garrity, and Alyssa Healy for their science experiment investigating energy saved when using a homemade reverse osmosis system when making maple syrup.
The judge was very impressed with the methods used in their study, depth of investigation, and presentation of information.
Many visitors stopped in their tracks to take a look at some of the other exhibits featured including: a succulent garden by McKenzie Low using a variety of interesting plants and a repurposed bird bath, Teagan Werner’s aquaponics experiment, complete with live gold fish and growing basil, and a trio of animal planters from Lucas Mensinger and Dylan and Ashley Greene, made from terra cotta pots.
The exhibits received a great deal of attention, charming and inspiring young and old.
“I love when the kids come up with their families.” said Hopkins. “The kids run up to their booths to see what ribbon they got and excitedly call to their families to come and see.”
Teen Leaders Clara Benham, Clark Benham, Elijah Hopkins, Hannah Tilson, and Leah Tilson helped with judging, running the Sustainable Energy booth, and leading our county booth activity.
Both kids and adults enjoyed building boats from aluminum foil and testing to see how many marbles each boat could hold.
Anyone wanting more information on the Livingston County 4-H Program can contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County at (585) 991-5420 or (585) 335-1752.