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Local sophomore going to state fair again

Kelsea Hamilton showcasing her art entry based on the movie “Dolphin Tale” which earned her a blue ribbon and a trip to the Ohio State Fair.

Kelsea Hamilton had another yearly haul of ribbons Wednesday at the Adams County Fair, once again most of them blue.

Hamilton, 15, and already a veteran of the non-livestock portions of the fair, will be heading to the Ohio State Fair once again after placing first in five of her seven projects she completed this year and second in the other two.

Blue ribbons were earned in Veterinary Science levels two and three, Art, Cake Decorating, and Self-Determined, which is where Hamilton showcases her basket weaving skills.

She will be taking four of those five projects to compete at the state level, passing her own lofty expectations.

“This year I was expecting less because I took more projects this year than before, so I was kind of expecting to score lower on them,” Hamilton said. “I got a lot more [blue ribbons] than I thought I was going to get. I was only expecting to take one or two projects to state. I’m very pleased.”

Hamilton’s “fears” of only earning a couple of blue ribbons seemed to be coming to fruition when the first award was handed out in the yeast bread category, where Hamilton placed second.

“I still love getting ribbons but the only ones I don’t like getting are the red ones,” Hamilton said. “I don’t like red ribbons as much. The first ribbon I got was red and I just gave it to my mom like ‘Here, you can have this. I don’t want this one.’ I hate being second. But it’s better than not placing at all.”

Hamilton keeps all of the ribbons she’s won at fairs throughout the years on a net above her bed, but with this year’s ribbon count at seven, plans to expand the ribbon area of her room are in motion.

“I told my mom when I got all of these ribbons I’m going to need another pet-net to put all of them on,” Hamilton said.

That collection could expand even more at this year’s Ohio State Fair, an event that Hamilton’s family knows they can’t make plans during since she’s gone to more state competitions than she can count.

“[My family] basically knows I’m going to go with at least one project every year,” Hamilton said. “My grandma will look up the schedule for state fair and she’ll pick out the days for the projects I took and we can’t plan anything for at least those days just in case I go to state.”

Hamilton plans on creating new projects for the State Fair including new material for her cake decorating and plans to top her Disney-themed cake with Minnie Mouse as well as weaving new bracelets and baskets, hopefully earning the clock trophy she has wanted for years at the state level.

The Ohio State Fair runs from July 29 to August 9 in Columbus.

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