MOUNT VERNON — Throughout the week, more than 400 4-H’ers will bring their non-livestock projects in for judging prior to the Knox County Fair.
Extension Educator in 4-H Youth Development Andrea Rees explained that judging happens prior to the fair, in order to allow 4-H’ers receiving high scores enough time to tweak and ready their projects for judging at the Ohio State Fair, which will begin during the week of the Knox County Fair. This earlier judging also allows 4-H’ers to present their projects at the fair with their club booths.
4-H’ers must be enrolled in a club by March 15 and have their projects chosen by that date. Projects cover a wide range of topics. Food and nutrition projects, photography, natural resources projects, shooting sports, woodworking, scrapbooking, cake decorating, rocketry, small animals and veterinary science were all judged Wednesday at Mount Vernon High School. Self-determined projects, in which a 4-H’er “writes their own book” and creates their own project based on their passions were also judged, according to Rees. Today and Saturday, dog-related projects will be judged at the Knox County Fairgrounds.