Rutland--4-H was well represented at the Vermont State Fair, Aug. 13-17 in Rutland.

Eighty exhibitors, ages 6 to 18, from clubs in Addison, Bennington and Rutland Counties competed in dairy, dog, rabbit and horse shows and entered their best project work in culinary, horticulture and photography, among other departments. Many also took part in the 4-H kick-off parade, rescheduled to the second night of the fair due to inclement weather on opening night.

On Aug. 15 fairgoers had a chance to ride Gus, the mechanical bull, as part of the Rutland County 4-H Foundation FUNdraiser. Proceeds will help fund county 4-H programs and activities and provide scholarships for county 4-H'ers to attend state and national events.

An awards ceremony was held in the Dairy Show Arena at the conclusion of the fair. Emcee for the evening was Castleton 4-H'er Elyza Bird.

Among the top awards was the McKirryher Family Watch Award, presented to the Rutland County 4-H club member who earns the highest number of points for 4-H exhibits, demonstrations and leadership activities at the fair. This year's recipient was Rose Tarbell, Middletown Springs. Tayah Fuller, Poultney, received the Rutland County Agricultural Society Officers and Trustees Award for having the second highest number of points from exhibits in the 4-H departments.

Award winners by department were:

CONSERVATION/NATURE AND CREATIVE CRAFTS--Crossman Award (highest total points in these departments): Kerry Crossman, Castleton


Will B. Davis Award: Abigail Armstrong, Granville, New York; Frank Bovey Award: Jack Bartholomew, Benson; Rob Hathaway Award: Rose Tarbell, Middletown Springs; Pauline Bovey Award: Jaymie Landon, Hampton, New York, and Hayden Williams, West Pawlet; Alan Ethier Award: Tristin Warner, Granville, New York, and David Landon, Hampton, New York

Dan Hornbeck Dairy Knowledge Awards: Senior: Rose Tarbell, Middletown Springs; Junior: Hayden Williams, West Pawlet; Novice: Tristin Warner, Granville, New York; Rita Tracey Award: Jonathan Flores-Torres, Ferrisburgh; Rutland County Awards: Senior: Owen Seward, East Wallingford; Junior: Wyatt Tarbell, Middletown Springs; Kathy Peck Award: Evelyn Trujillo, North Clarendon; Henry Daley Sr. Memorial Awards: Abigail Armstrong, Granville, New York, and Lillianne Seward, East Wallingford

Dairy Herdsperson Awards--Senior Herdsperson: Tamara Tyminski, Wallingford; Junior Herdsperson: Patty Bruce, East Wallingford; Novice Herdsperson: Natalia Tarbell, Middletown Springs; Best Club Herd: Otter Creek Dairy Club, Clarendon

Outstanding Dairy Breed Exhibitors--Ayrshire: Evelyn Trujillo, North Clarendon; Brown Swiss: Averi Salley, Ferrisburgh; Holstein: Lillianne Seward, East Wallingford; Jersey: Tamara Tyminski, Wallingford; Guernsey: Abigail Armstrong, Granville, New York; Lineback: Jaymie Landon, Hampton, New York; Milking Shorthorn: Kendra Clark, Castleton; Premier Exhibitor: Owned animal: Abigail Armstrong, Granville, New York; Leased animal: Lillianne Seward, East Wallingford

DOGS--Best of Show (Obedience) and Catamount Pet Supply Award: Paytyn Borkowski, Rutland; Best of Show (Showmanship), Peter Carini Memorial Award and Rapidian Willpower Sportsmanship Award: Kelsey Adams, Pittsford; Rutland Veterinary Clinic at Castleton Corners Award: Annabelle Astin, Wallingford and Mason Sharrow, Cuttingsville

FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS--Heleba Award: Breanna Munger, Benson

FOODS (COOKING AND BAKING)--Best in Show: Colby Butler, Dorset; Top Baker: Kerry Crossman, Castleton

FOOD PRESERVATION--Orrie Graham Award: Rose Tarbell, Middletown Springs

HORSES--Most Improved: Gennett Kerstetter, Ira; Sportsmanship Award and High Point Award: Alexia Diaz; Rutland; Best Decorated Stall and the Equine Award: Tayah Fuller, Poultney

HORTICULTURE--Williams Farmstead Award (junior show person): Olivia Williams, Rutland; Otter Valley Supply Award (senior show person): Kerry Crossman, Castleton; Best in Show flowers/plants: Breanna Munger, Benson; Tayah Fuller, Poultney; Ava Potter, Rutland

PHOTOGRAPHY--Boyce Family Award: Colby Butler, Dorset; Martin/Giffin Award: Amelia Barber, Clemons, New York; Sabatino Award and Best Scenic Photo: Breanna Munger, Benson; Best in Show Awards: Best Person(s) and/or Animal(s) Photo: Hunter Greene, North Clarendon; Most Creative Selfie and Best Black-and-White Photo: Natalia Tarbell, Middletown Springs; Best Color Photo: Cheyenne Steves, Fair Haven

PUBLIC SPEAKING--Monroe Public Speaking Award (senior): Dana Seward, East Wallingford; Monroe Public Speaking Award (junior): Kelsey Adams, Pittsford; Most Improved Public Speaking: Tayah Fuller, Poultney

RABBITS--Best in Show: Kerry Crossman, Castleton; Best fur: Breanna Munger, Benson; People’s Choice: Kerry Crossman, Castleton; Charlotte Badger Memorial Award: Killyen Whitcomb, Rutland; Best in Show Cavy: Tristin Warner; S.E. Smith Awards: Kerry Crossman, Castleton; Breanna Munger, Benson; Tristin Warner, Granville, New York

SEWING AND FIBER CRAFTS--Bald Peak Homemakers Awards: Madisyn Sheldrick, Benson; Charlton Family Award and Needlework Award: Lorryn Trujillo, North Clarendon; Knitting Award: Natalia Tarbell, Middletown Springs

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)--Best in Show, Machines: Wyatt Tarbell, Middletown Springs

A number of 4-H'ers were recognized with special awards for their volunteerism and leadership at the fair. They were:

Rev. Olaf Johnson Memorial Award (most helpful volunteers, 14 and older, in the fair's 4-H Kitchen): Evelyn and Lorryn Trujillo, North Clarendon

Ruth Kirchner Memorial Award (all-around helpfulness): Senior: Kendra Clark, Castleton; Junior: Killyen Whitcomb, Rutland

Kayla Hiller Nedobity 4-H Leadership Award: Breanna Munger, Benson

For information about the 4-H program in Bennington and Rutland Counties, contact UVM Extension 4-H educator Kimberly Griffin at


Kimberly Griffin