Fair a fun time for 4-H pros and newcomers

| September 27, 2012

COSHOCTON – Danielle Woodward-Wells is ready to show what her horse and beagle can do at the 2012 Coshocton County Fair.

“I’m equally excited about them,” she said. “Well I may be a little bit more excited about the horse because this is only my second time with the dog. I’ve taken horse projects ever since I could. I really like showing horses.”

This is Woodward-Wells’ 12th and final year as a 4-H member getting projects ready to show at the fair.

“I said I wouldn’t miss doing the project books, but I cried when I was done,” she said. “I did my dog book in July and finished my horse one in the middle of August and that’s when it all hit home.”

In addition to horse and dog projects, Woodward-Wells also has taken a llama and cat project, special interest projects and clothing project among others.

“I like it when little kids and schools come in and don’t know a lot about horses and I can teach them,” she said. “I took a mule before and was amazed people didn’t know what it was. I just like being able to give back the knowledge I’ve gained through 4-H.”

Over the years Woodward-Wells also has enjoyed helping her fellow Lucky Learners 4-H Club members decorate for the fair and being there for each other when it comes time to step into the show ring.

“Even if you don’t do well we all support each other,” she said.

While fair projects are second nature for Woodward-Wells, this is Sydney Starcher’s first year preparing one.

“It looked fun when people got to take their projects to the fair,” said Starcher, who also belongs to Lucky Learners.

Her project was called “I spy in the kitchen.”

“I made eggs in a nest,” Starcher said. “I took a piece of bread and cut out a shape and put it in a skillet and then scrambled eggs and put them in the hole. I learned what’s important in cooking.”

She had the honor of taking her project to the Ohio State Fair this summer.

“It was fun and I think I did good,” Starcher said. “4-H has taught me to talk in front of people.”

She would like to take a fashion project next year and says others should checkout 4-H.

Woodward-Wells also encourages others to try 4-H. She enjoyed her time so much that she plans to stay involved with 4-H as an advisor.

“It taught me skills that I will never outgrow like public speaking, organization and leadership,” she said. “If I could give advice to a 5-year-old it would be to get involved with 4-H and stay involved with it.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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