4-Hers exhibiting and competing with their projects at State Fairs has been a long standing tradition and measure of a year-long effort. Youth look forward annually to showcasing their projects no matter how small. Not only do the young people have an opportunity to compare their work amongst their peers across the state but they also receive a clear evaluation of their efforts when they receive their Danish ribbon and their score sheet. Many get ideas to take back and share with their clubs. They get the opportunity to see their ideas develop from conception to the final product- the exhibit. Many youth around the State can’t say that they have ever accomplished something worth displaying at a County or State Fair but 4-Hers never have that problem. People, from all over the World, visiting the KY State Fair have an opportunity to see the neat things that Kentucky 4-H and FFA Youth are working on all year.
Livingston County had several 4-H Youth compete the first week of the Kentucky State Fair in a variety of competitions. In order for these youth to compete at the state level, these kids first had to enter their exhibits at the Livingston County Fair or meet requirements set at a county level. Ashley Dunkerson entered three exhibits earning her premiums, two white and one red Danish ribbon. Kailey Dunkerson entered a beautiful Easter Brunch table setting which earned her a red ribbon with premiums. Nolin Cain entered three photography classes with photos he took while on vacation. He received three red Danish ribbons and premiums. On Saturday, August 17th, Ashley Mayhugh, Richard, Nate and Brittany Hamblin competed in the State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest. This contest gives the individual an opportunity to use their discerning judgment on plants, vegetables and flowers. Ashley earned a red ribbon in her age division.
Karley Moore and Jada Cosby competed as a team on Sunday, August 18 in a Special 4-H Fair event called Cup Cake Wars. Much like the TV show, these youth are judged on their speedy cup cake decorating abilities. Their team placed 4th out of ten teams. The Livingston County 4-H Poultry Club-“The Kick’in Chick’ins” competedduring District 7 Day in Cloverville. They started out the morning very early by departing from the Extension Office at They arrived at Poultry Judging registration at They individually tested their judging skills based on knowledge they gained all year long in meetings, individual study and a special one day class held here at the Livingston County Extension Office on Wednesday, July 31 by the University of Kentucky State Poultry Specialist, Dr. Tony Pascatore and Dr. Jaquie Jacobs. Richard Hamblin earned a blue ribbon in his age divisions. Brittany & Nate Hamblin, Hallie Repovich and Ashley Mayhugh each earned a red ribbon in their age divisions. Shawn and Lindsey Mayhugh each earned white ribbons and valuable experience for next year. In the Avian Bowl, the Poultry Club ended up having two Junior teams that were coached by Michelle Hamblin, 4-H Poultry Club Adult Leader and Richard Hamblin, Teen Leader. Team A’s members were Nate Hamblin, Lindsey Mayhugh and Ashley Mayhugh. Team B members were Shawn Mayhugh, Brittany Hamblin, and Hallie Repovich. Each team took turns in a double knock out poultry knowledge bowl in the afternoon following the Poultry Judging Competition. Livestock Club members, Richard, Nate and Brittany Hamblin, competed in the 4-H Ham Contest which consisted of a practical preparation and curing of two hams at Broadbent’s Smokehouse in Kuttawa and was finalized by giving a 3-5 minute speech at the Kentucky State Fair on a pre-selected topic about ham. These youth competed with over 900 other youth from across the entire state. They were judged on ham and speech quality. Richard Hamblin placed 2nd with his ham for his age division and a blue ribbon.
Needless to say, our exhausted 4-Hers and more exhausted 4-H leader returned from the Kentucky State Fair tested and victorious. Wiser then when they left, they were eager to do it all over again. They had already started planning for next year before they left Freedom Hall.