Fair Competition

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Youngsters from 4-H programs throughout Washington County were being judged Thursday.

They're chosen in competitions like one held Thursday at the Washington County Career Center.

Hundreds of students from 4-H Clubs throughout the county submitted projects ranging from clothing to baked goods to even rockets, and local students have been working on their ideas throughout the year.

"These kids spend a lot of time on these projects; some of them say they've been working on them for months and months," says Keith Russell, of the Washington County 4-H Extension Service, who oversaw the judging. "The overall benefit is from just keeping busy they learn a skill, they learn to follow instructions and they learn how to learn on their own."

And some of the winning projects could even be displayed in Columbus at next month's Ohio State Fair.