- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MOVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Monday was a busy day at the fairgrounds in Moville, as 28 judges evaluated numerous exhibits shown by 4-H members.

Inside the cool of the Varied Industries Building, judges asked questions and examined the exhibits to determine if they were worthy of blue, red, white or purple ribbons, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1IVBfym ) reported. The purple ribbons are for Grand and Reserve champion honors.

The general building superintendent, Amanda Seuntjens, said a final tally in the number of exhibits shown likely will near 1,300, noting that some participants entered 20 to 25 exhibits.

Autumn Weaver, a member of the Arlington Future Farmers 4-H Club, said 12 of her projects earned blue ribbons. Two others were set aside by judges for Iowa State Fair consideration - a photograph of a butterfly and a leadership submission in the Personal Development category, in which she detailed a day she spent hosting more than 20 girls from Sioux City.

Weaver said she was nervous when she began her presentations, but that she became excited when judges and others began asking her questions about her projects. She said it was important for her to make sure her audience members knew more about life on the farm when they left.

She’ll find out Wednesday, when the 87th Woodbury County Fair begins, which projects are destined for the state fair.

Fellow Arlington Future Farmer Hunter Koehn, who’s a classmate of Weaver’s at Woodbury Central Middle School, said he entered 16 projects for consideration on Monday. His entries in woodworking, metal and photography were held back for consideration as entries at the Iowa State Fair.

“My most challenging project was a big metal sunflower,” said Koehn, a resident of rural Kingsley. “Welding the leaves was tough, as I couldn’t weld the clamps on the stem.”

He also will wait for Wednesday morning, when he’ll learn if his sunflower blooms with a ribbon of purple or blue.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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