LOUISBURG — Lance Williams of Franklin County has been entering State Fair contests as a part of 4-H since he was in the 1st grade.
Now in the 6th, Lance brought home a Best in Show ribbon from the 2016 N.C. State Fair for his True Pound Cake recipe, in the 11-12 year-old age group of culinary competition.
Additionally, he received six 1st place and three 2nd place ribbons for further culinary, crafts, horticulture and honey entries.
“We thank Franklin County 4H for the Junior Chef and Canning classes for the kids. It works,” wrote Lance’s mother, Debbie Williams, describing her son’s awards.
Franklin County 4H participants had 73 youth take part in the 2016 State Fair, says Meg Wyatt, Franklin County 4-H agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension. There were 31 youth who entered items in crafts and 38 who showed livestock.
“It was amazing to hear from youth and parents the excitement of receiving a ribbon, regardless of the placing,” Wyatt said. “Youth have worked hard and put in a lot of time and dedication to get to the fair and they see their efforts pay off. Some youth showed their personal livestock and some 4-H’ers showed 4-H volunteer club leaders’ livestock,” she said.
In addition to Lance Williams’ winnings, the following 4H students also received awards:
•Destiny Adams, 7, entered her two chickens and received 1st place with her Black Australorp and 1st place with her Buff Orpington.
•Kendal Thornburg, 8, received Grand Champion Belted Galloway Cow/Calf Pair, 2nd place Black Australorp Pullet, 5th place Dominique Hen, Honorable Mention decorated pumpkin, and many 4-H green participation ribbons for the 4-H Cloverbud Crafts.
•Holly Thornburg, 7, received 1st place belted Galloway heifer, 4th place Buff Orpington, 6th place Dominique hen, 3rd place decorated pumpkin, and many 4-H green participation ribbons for the 4-H Cloverbud Crafts.
•Haddon Joyner won Grand Champion showing a sheep.
•Lillian and Fairbanks Jackson showed in four sheep categories each. Lillian received a 3rd place and Fairbanks received a 2nd place.
•Wyatt Sampson showed a belted Galloway and received 2nd place in the All Other Breeds category.
•Lily Chadwick entered her chicken, Newton, and won 1st place for her breed and black polish. She entered a poster in the poultry poster contest. She also showed a belted Galloway in the breed category and won 3rd place. She showed in her sire group and won 1st place.
•Natalie Perry won 2nd and 3rd place ribbons in the open beef belted Galloway show. She also won 1st place ribbon in the 5-pounds-or-less decorated pumpkin competition.
•Caleb Davis showed a belted Galloway and won 1st place in one class and received Champion Heifer.
•Teorah Snelling-Won 1st place with her quilt that she made at a 4-H summer fun program.
Other youth who participated in the 4-H craft division included Ayden Wyatt, Addie Pearce, Jenna Andrews, Emily Gilliam, Sabrina Odom, Tia Iversen, Alyssa McDowell, Rebakah Mcphetridge, Georgia Plascencia, Jack Davis, Connor Horton, Mazie Bunn, Sarah Kenny, Zachary Smith, Ellie Wilkins, Jackson Gupton, Megan and Abigail King, Elizabeth Reece, Natalia and Daniela Dominguez and Carter and Sydney Byrum.
•4-H’ers not listed above who also showed livestock included Heidi and Hope Latta, James Hinton, Cody and Paige O’Neal, Mazie Bunn, Abigail, Grayson, and Laithan Blankenship, Landon Amarin, Rayn Farrell, Hayden Yeargin, Weslyn Pendergraft, Andre King, Nicholas Vasquez, Natalia and Daniela Dominguez, Hannah Haley, Jonathan Hopkins, Taylor Whitley, Layton Perry, Abigail and Ethan Graham, Ian Nemitz, Sage and Jake Moore, Madison Pippin, Bethany Allen, Aslan and Sheperd Joyner and Ella and Luke Pendergrass.