The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

September 27, 2013

Orleans Co. 4-Hers place at State Fair

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — In late August, 58 youth of Orleans County 4-H attended the NY State Fair to compete in the following departments: environmental education, horticulture, horse, family and consumer science, rabbit and cavy, poultry, visual arts/photography, science engineering and technology, dog, beef, dairy cattle, meat goat, dairy goat and Livestock Skillathon. The youth not only participated but brought home high honors and significant recognition of their projects and abilities. 

Eli Pask represented the entire county well with his guitar made from recycled products. It was exhibited in the art and home center, in the Best of County competition.

Rachel Keifer received the high honor of champion in the agility portion of the dog show. Jayne Bannister was recognized along with her sister Emily (a recent 4-H Alumni) for Reserve and Grand champion of the open beef show, respectively. 

Distinguished Excellence awards were given to the following for achieving a high level of success in their project area; Amber Smarpat (Family and Consumer Science), Emma Mathes (Horticulture), Peggy-Jo Gabalski (Environmental Education), and Riley Seielstad (Family & Consumer Science).

The Carol E. Funk Achievement award was given to Nicole Mrzywka, as the 4-H Dairy Goat exhibitor who participates in goat bowl, knowledge Olympics, product ID, fitting, showmanship and judging completion and best embodies the 4-H Motto “To Make the Best Better.”

In addition to competing, many 4-H youth also attended the State Fair to support their peers and gain ideas for future projects, or donate their time. Riley Seielstad also participated in an Ag in the Classroom project where she read to youth who visited the Dairy Cattle Birthing Center and lead them in a take home project. The Lyndonville Mongrels 4-H Club also presented their Edible Wild Plant projects to the fair public, along with samples of their delicious products.

4-H youth were not the only ones making a positive impact at the State Fair. 4-H leaders, volunteers, and parents in attendance to offered their support, and even a few were honored to be judging at the State level, from the rabbit and cavy area to the horse program. Some were also able to participate and bring home additional awards, like Barb Kurzowski (4-H Leader, Animal Superintendent and volunteer) who received Reserve Grand Champion in light wool female and Reserve Grand Champion in novice performance in the llama area.

The following 4-H youth participated in the New York State Fair: Adam Eick, Alden Cayea, Alexis Brege, Allison Mathes, Alwyn Cayea, Alyssa Kalen, Amanda Lunden, Amber Smarpat, Amelia Sidonio, Andrea Toussaint, Arian Cayea, Audrey Pask, Brooke Keifer, Claudia Dreschel, Eli Pask, Elise Slayton, Elizabeth Storm, Emily Haring, Emma Ambrose, Emma Mathes, Erin Kiefer, Haley Watkins, Hannah Wehling, Jacob Wachob, Janie Schutz, Jayne Bannister, Jenny McKenna, Jessica Suttera, John Gabalski, Kaitlin Zwifka, Kelsey Evoy, Lauren Becht, Lillian Mathes, Maggie Gabalski, Makayla Heideman, Marisa Hanlon, Mary DiBattisto, Mary Yare, Megan Leight, Melanie Klossner, Micalina Farruggia, Michaela Hanlon, Natalie Mrzywka, Nicholas Culver, Nicole Mrzywka, Nicole Sands, Nikita Wachob, Peggy Jo Gabalski, Rachel Gregoire, Rachael Keifer, Rebecca Gates, Riley Seielstad, Sean Evoy, Sophia Cardone, William Gregoire, Zachary Albright, and Zayda Rose Moyle.

For a complete listing of Orleans Counties 4-H youth placements go to

For a complete listing of NYS Fair results go to