The Hartford Independent Fair District encompasses all of Licking County and parts of Delaware and Knox counties. Only FFA and 4-H club members living in the Hartford Fair district are eligible to show projects and compete at that fair.
Big Walnut/DACC FFA had 12 eligible members show and compete at the Hartford Independent Fair, many showing under the umbrella of both FFA and a 4-H Club.
Jacob Howard, Evan Thiergartner, Autumn Takatch and Camryn Bishop-Simpson competed in the equestrian ring; Takatch also showed Breeding Rabbits, Market Rabbits and Tomatoes; Caleb Meade showed a Beef Feeder.
Wesley Coey took a Market Lamb to Hartford; Ethan Hale showed Market Lamb, Breeding Sheep and Market Hog; and Kristen Hill showed Market Goats and Market Hog.
In non-livestock events, Nick Smoke showed a Small Wood Project and a Concrete Project; Gabby Adair took a 2-Student Photo Displays and a Concrete Project; Nathan Osborne showed a Concrete Project; and Hailey Wauben showed a Student Photo Display.
In addition to individual projects, seven BW/DACC FFA students (Gabby Adair, Meghann Hale, Noah Hale, Audra Hall, Troy Herrel, Ben Kessler and Alex Marvin) participated in the General Livestock Judging Contest; and six students (Gabby Adair, Meghann Hale, Troy Herrel, Mandi Kelly, Ben Kessler and Lex Marvin) participated in the Licking County Soil and Water District Natural Resources FFA Challenge, placing fifth.
“I was incredibly impressed with our Big Walnut DACC students’ performance at the Hartford Fair,” said Big Walnut High School ag science teacher Jeff Stimmell. “It was evident they put a lot of effort into their projects and it showed when watching them in the ring and around the fair.”
Most eastern Delaware County FFA and 4-H club members are currently preparing to show at the Delaware County Fair that opens on Saturday, Sept. 19, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 26.
“I’m hoping that we can have even more success at the Delaware County Fair,” Stimmell added. “Watching the students’ efforts culminate at the fair is one of the best parts of my job. It shows they really learned something.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093