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Rainbow of ribbons

County youths take home awards

Dan Olsen

— The hundreds of displays under the grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds were sporting something new Tuesday evening.

Ribbons.

Blue and red and green ribbons all fluttered in the breeze as herds of contestants passed while admiring other’s projects, as well as their own success.

For them, it was all part of the fair lifestyle.

Nine-year-old Summer Ossen stood next to her colorful scarf holding her champion ribbon.

“I double crocheted it,” she said about the scarf. “I made a staircase pattern in it, and I didn’t plan it. It just happened.”

Ossen decided on crocheting for a fair project because her sister was already knitting, and it looked more difficult.

“Knitting is harder. It takes two needles,” Ossen said. “This only needs one hook.”

Along with her champion ribbon sat a green ribbon with the words “State Fair” emblazoned across the front.

Grand Champion winners in each age group and class qualify for the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, and are awarded the green ribbon.

Colten Yoast is familiar with the state fair ribbon. The 11-year-old had a rocket entry last year that took him to Pueblo. He entered the rocket and shooting sports categories.

This year, it was his shooting display that earned him the right to the green ribbon and the state fair.

“I tested what kind of ammunition shoots the tightest pattern,” Yoast said, pointing to six targets with bullet holes.

A second-year member of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program, Yoast took the opportunity to test six types of ammunition for the .22 caliber rifle.

“It took three days, and the Federal Champion was the best,” he said. “Remington Match was the worst, and that one cost the most.”

Yoast and his family made the trip to Pueblo last year and plans to attend this time, as well.

Coming to the Moffat County Fair this year with no experience was 16-year-old Angela Hendershott, who recently moved to Craig from near Chicago.

The Horseless Horse entry she submitted did much more than win her a Second Premium ribbon.

“It was fun doing it, and I learned a lot about different breeds and markings on a horse,” Hendershott said.

Her poster display covered breeds, complete with photos of horses, while her book contained information on the parts of a horse and grooming tips, as well as safety information.

The project also turned up a new favorite horse for the youngster.

“I like the Gypsy Vanner,” she said. “It has a nice, flowing mane.”

Matthew Longwell doesn’t seem that interested in the ribbon awarded to his leather craft entry. He just needed a guitar strap.

“I got a guitar for Christmas, and it didn’t have a strap, so I made one,” he said.

Longwell said he worked on the leather strap with tooling for two months, a month longer than he has been learning the guitar.

He is pretty sure the guitar playing will catch up now that he has a finely tooled strap to hold the instrument while he practices.

Longwell would eventually notice the First Premium ribbon recently given to his leather guitar strap.


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