2017-08-16 / Front Page

Winners of West Virginia 4-H poster contest to be featured at State Fair

Gold place poster by Dakota Gray. Gold place poster by Dakota Gray. With over 1,700 submissions statewide, 11 Morgan County winners of the West Virginia 4-H poster contest will have their submissions showcased at the 2017 State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg, now through August 19.

The annual contest aims to encourage artistic expression among 4-H’ers and increase their knowledge in areas such as health and nutrition, environmental issues, dairy, safety, 4-H values and science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Of the 1,700 submissions from county youths ages nine to 21, 332 were chosen and submitted to the state level representing 43 of West Virginia’s 55 counties. The state level entries were judged to select a “Best of Show” or gold ribbon in each category and division. All other posters received a blue, red or white ribbon and will receive the State Fair premium for a 4-H exhibit.

Posters in the dairy category will also be displayed at the West Virginia Dairy Cattle Show and WVU Jackson’s Mill summer festival – state winners in the dairy category will receive a homemade ice cream freezer sponsored by the American Dairy Association.

From Morgan County, Gold and Blue winners include:

Dakota Gray, age 16, Health, gold

McKayla Romo, age 15, Litter, blue

Serenity McGowan, age 13, Dairy, blue

Emily Savicki, age 12, Dairy, blue

The Morgan County posters were displayed at the Morgan County Expo sharing poster messages with a broader audience and thereby giving contest applicants the opportunity to spread awareness of issues that affect them and their communities.

This annual contest encourages citizenship among West Virginia 4-H’ers, which is one of the three national 4-H mission mandates.

West Virginia 4-H is a program of the WVU Extension Service. For more than a century, 4-H has focused on agricultural science, electricity, mechanics, entrepreneurship and natural sciences. Today, 4-H out-of-school opportunities also exist in subjects like rocketry, robotics, biofuels, renewable energy and computer science.

To learn more about new opportunities in the 4-H program, contact the local WVU Extension Service at 304- 258-8400 or stop by at 129 Fairfax Street.

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