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Northome 4-Hers to display at State Fair

Caleb Schneider and his coffee table project.1 / 4
Lane Lindner with his spearing decoy and the ribbons he won.2 / 4
Casey Gross with her ribbons and photo.3 / 4
Rachel Fahey's metamorphosis project.4 / 4

As the Koochiching County Fair wrapped up last weekend, four Northome School students learned that they have one more stop to make before their 4-H year comes to an end.

Junior Caleb Schneider and eighth graders Lane Lindner, Casey Gross and Rachel Fahey will all be travelling to the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 28-30 to have their projects judged one more time. They will be going down with 4-Hers from Koochiching, Beltrami and Itasca counties and will be encamped with other 4-Hers from all over the state.

For Schneider, this will be his fourth year competing at the State Fair. This year he will be bringing a Self-determined project.

Self-determined is a category in which a 4-H member designs the project to be done. It is a project that does not fit well in any of the other categories available. He built a coffee table and earned a grand champion ribbon on his project. He put it in the self-determined category because it was more than just woodworking. He used tiles for the top, logs for legs and regular wood for the base and sides. He was able to use some arts and crafts mixed with the wood for his project. He also won a grand champion in quilting with his table runner but decided to take the self-determined project.

This will be Lindner's second year at the State Fair. This year he is bringing down a spearing decoy he made in the area of fishing sports. He said he chose this project because it was the one he enjoyed doing the most. He felt he could present this project better than his other choices.

Lindner actually had a choice of four projects he could have taken to the state fair. Lindner also won grand champion in forestry (tree identification), shooting sports (deer aging) and shop (bench). He also was reserve champion in fishing sports (tackle) as well.

In addition to these two veterans, two first timers will also be traveling to St. Paul.

Casey Gross won a trip in the area of photography. Gross entered five pictures and had two of them place well enough to qualify for a trip. She ended up with a grand champion and a reserve champion ribbon.

Rachel Fahey is going on her first trip and is going down in the Self-determined category.

This category allows two trips and Fahey was the alternate reserve champion with her project about metamorphosis. She compared the metamorphosis of tadpoles and butterflies.

Two other Northome area 4-Hers also made the fair line up board. The fair line up board is a list of the top four kids in each category that could go to the state fair. These two are too young to go this year or even next year but did very well at the fair this year.

Fifth grader Levi Lindner was on the board with two projects. He was the reserve champion in forestry (tree identification) and was the alternate reserve champion in fishing sports (decoy). Fellow fifth grader Peter Schneider was the third alternate in the self-determined project area with his project on soap making.

Overall, there was a large increase in the number of students with projects at the fair. This year the Northome area club, Koochiching Clovers, had 17 kids with projects at the fair. Last year, there were only six entrants.