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October 27, 2017

NM State Fair 4-H Indoor Exhibits featuring Overall Best of Show quilt made by Cassie Chance of Aztec Boots, Guns and Bling 4-H Club. Also shown Natural Science-Wildlife Best of Division exhibit by Austin Rhames of Bloomfield (Roadrunners 4-H Club) and Personal Growth and Development Best of Division Citizenship exhibit by Sunshine Tso of Bloomfield (Hanaa'dli 4-H Club). (Photo courtesy of San Juan County 4-H)

Each year first place 4-H indoor exhibits from the San Juan County Fair are entered in the New Mexico State Fair 4-H Department by the San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service. A total of 154 San Juan County 4-H exhibits were judged on September 5th alongside 2000 plus exhibits from 4-H members from all 33 New Mexico counties.

Fourteen-year old Cassie Chance of Aztec captured the 4-H Home Economics Best of Division ribbon and the Overall Best of Show award for her machine pieced, king size quilt with a hand sewn binding. Chance worked many months with her grandmother, Jeanie Gill, and other 4-H'ers at county-wide 4-H quilting workdays, to create her winning quilt. It was a challenging pattern for this third year quilter, but her efforts earned a $500.00 check from the NM State Fair Commission and the admiration of many. Chance is a senior age member of the Boots, Guns and Bling 4-H Club.

San Juan County had two additional Best of Division winners in the Natural Science and Personal Growth and Development categories. Austin Rhames, a senior age member of the Roadrunners 4-H Club and a resident of Bloomfield, prepared a winning exhibit board detailing the life zones of wildlife. Rhames also received first and second place ribbons for his photography and outdoor cooking project entries. Sunshine Tso of the Hanaa'dli 4-H Club exhibited a display board which shared her native heritage via the 4-H citizenship project. Tso, a Bloomfield High School senior, also exhibited first place project work in leadership and public speaking as well as a third place photography exhibit.

These 4-H projects are among 200 plus projects available to members ranging in age from 5-18. Contact the San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service at 505-334-9496 to learn more about enrolling as a member or adult volunteer leader in the 4-H Youth Development Program which is administered by New Mexico State University and it's county 4-H Agents. NMSU is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.


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