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Nonlivestock 4-H projects judged

Michelle Balleck

Eight-year-old Abigail Gonzales insists knitting is not hard to learn.

“It’s actually not once you get the hang of it,” she said.

She should know. Gonzales completed a pink scarf as one of her 4-H projects, which were judged under the grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning.

This was her first year in 4-H, and Gonzales was nervous, but it turned out that her judge, Iris Franklin of Meeker, was pretty nice.

Moffat County Fair officials bring in judges from outside the county. Trina Kennedy, also of Meeker, was one of them. She scored projects on rockets, woodworking, weeds and veterinary science.

“So far, they’ve been really good,” she said. “There have been some really talented young people.”

This is her second year judging in Moffat County. She said she enjoys herself.

“It’s fun to work with the kids, to see all the talent they have,” she said.

Betty Ann Duzik, a 4-H Completion Day superintendent, described it as judging for all projects “nonlivestock and nondog.” Those projects include culinary arts, small engines, leather craft, sewing and nutrition.

Each 4-Her met one-on-one with judges to discuss the projects and answer questions. Judges then scored and placed the projects based on concepts, technique, knowledge and presentation.

The day comes to a close with the 4-H Celebration. The doors leading to underneath the grandstands open at 6 p.m., and children rush in to find out how they did.

Blue, red and white ribbons represent first, second and third places. Judges then choose one top winner, the grand champion, and award a purple ribbon. The second-place finisher takes reserve, and a pink ribbon.

Some projects advance to the Colorado State Fair, set for Aug. 26 to Sept. 5. They are marked with a green ribbon.

Cheyenne Ossen, 9, was one of the first 4-Hers in the building. She searched and found her blue and purple knitted scarf hanging in the Purple Circle, with a purple and pink ribbon. She turned and smiled shyly to her parents.

“(I feel) really excited because last year in knitting I got reserve,” she said. “This year I got grand.”

Michelle Perry may be reached at 824-7031 or

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