There were many Alpine Victor 4-H members who were successful in the San Joaquin Fair contests this year. There were entries in food, arts and crafts, a variety of animals, and photography. Alpine Victor 4-H is very proud of all the members who participated in the fair.
Jessica Teresi won the honor of first place in Master Showmanship at the San Joaquin Fair. The lamb she used for showmanship is named Moose.
Jacob Teresi started his career in showing lambs this year at the fair. He won his novice showmanship class and his lamb placed third in class worth. His lamb’s name is Brat. Katie Newport also placed second in novice showmanship with her lamb. Also in the sheep group was Thomas Collier, who won third place in his class in showmanship.
Cole Lauchland and Samantha Yates won first place for the Beef Clean Pen Award during the fair. Lauchland won first place in the livestock judging contest, where the animal is judged on how desirable its traits are in the species.
Halley Lauchland also won first place in the livestock judging contest. She and her goat won first place in the goat costume contest. The two were dressed up as hippies, wearing tie-dye shirts and wigs.
Halley Lauchland and Makenna Wagers won first place in the hay bucking contest. The hay bucking consisted of timed races from one end of the arena to the other. The two-man teams had to remove hay bales from one end, carry them to the other side, and restack them in a certain order as fast as possible. The number of bales depends on the age of the entry.
The swine group had three new members this year. Christopher Shoup, Sean Van loben Sels, Cody McLean, Andrew Strootman, Morgan Powell, and Kent Powell participated in the fair. The kids showed a lot of sportsmanship and caring for each other and their animals. Kent Powell placed second in market show for his crossbred.
Cindy Costanza won a first-place ribbon for her picture of the White House, and a second place ribbon for her picture of the Lincoln Monument, in the photography contest at the fair.
Hanna Eisler entered three of her 4-H art projects. She received first place ribbons for her Christmas 3-D art work and her embroidery dog art work. Her Knot Tie Baby Blanket received a second-place ribbon in class.
Kaitlyn Macdonald entered a Thanksgiving Turkey floral design in the special occasion category in the county fair. It was made entirely of flowers except for the head. She won first place as well as Best in Show.
Nicholas Macdonald also entered two paintings and two drawings. The paintings won first and third place. Each drawing won first place. Nicholas is a Clover 4-H member.
Molly Sullivan entered banana bread in the fair and won a first-place ribbon and Best in Show.
There were eight kids in the horse group competition this year. Angie Aguirre won first place in both English horsemanship and English pleasure, and fourth place in English equestrian. She also won first in Western equestrian and received a ribbon in all of her other classes. She won Grand Champion for the English Division.
Megan Aguirre won ribbons in every class she entered. Paige Coveney and Mckenna Coveney placed in all of their classes and both went on to show at the California State Fair. Samantha Yates won ribbons in many of her classes as well and also showed in Gymkhana. Abbie Foose showed this year and was awarded a ribbon in her final class, Western horsemanship. Vinessa Moore and Hannah Eisler showed for the first time.
Russ Bryan received one of the Thelma Stewart Scholarships given to graduating seniors in high school. He was chosen for a story he wrote about his fair projects of baking and raising lambs. He was also interviewed and was selected on his application, interview and participation in 4-H.
Alpine Victor 4-H has many active projects, ranging from learning about animals to cooking or making crafts. The dedicated leaders provide knowledge and experiences that help prepare the members to enter the fair and its contests. They also teach life skills to be leaders in the community.