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Hamilton looks to compete again

Kelsea Hamilton showcasing a few of the baskets she weaved.

Kelsea Hamilton showing off her Disney themed cake decoration.

Animal and livestock portions of the Adams County Fair are what many people come to see annually at the fair. There’s been quite a bit of discussion about the animal portions of this year’s fair with the bird ban in the state of Ohio, but many children and teenagers are participating in non-animal side as well.

Kelsea Hamilton, an incoming sophomore at West Union High School has entered seven non-animal projects in this year’s fair and hopes to be making a return trip to the state fair later this year.

Hamilton’s projects vary from an entry within Advanced Senior Cake Decorating to art projects, eleven baskets she’s weaved, and three veterinary science projects.

You can find upwards of 20 blue ribbons within Hamilton’s bedroom, all hanging from her wall, including one special blue ribbon where she placed “Superior” at the state fair with a basket weaving project.

But even after ammassing a large number of ribbons from years past, getting a ribbon still feels pretty great to Hamilton.

“Oh, it’s awesome,” Hamilton said. “I love getting ribbons.”

That awesome feeling was felt five times a year before where she placed in every one of her projects and went on to compete at the state fair in four of those projects. Hamilton says while the thrill at winning at the county level is alive and well, ribbons at the state level provide a real sense of pride.

“You have a lot more to go up against at the state fair so it’s harder to get a ribbon,” Hamilton said. “Down here there might not be as many people in your same advancement but at state you see a lot more people at the advanced level.”

Before the ribbons are handed out Hamilton is currently in the waiting period between having her project be judged and the ceremony which takes place Wednesday, July 15.

“The juding part really doesn’t bother me because I’ve been doing this for so long,” Hamilton said. “Just waiting and knowing if I won is the worst part.”

The goal this year? Hamilton wants to do one better at the state fair this year by winning a clock trophy, which, in her eyes, would like very nice on her wall among a sea of ribbons.

Hamilton said this area of the fair appealed more to her “artsy” side as opposed to the livestock portion.

“I’m more of an artsy-crafty person instead of doing things with livestock,” Hamilton said. “I don’t really like killing animals.”

The 10-year veteran of 4H is eligable to compete at the junior level until 2019 where she hopes be studying to become a marine veteranian at the University of Miami in Florida to hopefully someday to work with dolphins.

But before then, Hamilton will find out where she placed with her disney themed cake display, her art project inspired from the movie Dolphin Tale, her three veterinary art science projects as well as other areas.

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