Being a Grand Champion is great feeling
By GREG SMART
DAYTON — There’s nothing like being a grand champion junior fair winner at the Ohio State Fair. 4-H exhibitor Emily Myers has experienced that thrill as she claimed the grand champion in meat chickens last year at the Ohio State Fair.
“Being in the sale of champions was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with all the interviews and then of course sharing the glory with all the people that made this possible—mostly my dad, who probably deserves the trophy the same, if not more than me and then there was Betty Wingerter who has been an advisor of mine for as long as I can remember. Without them, I would not be the person I am today.”
Meyers said that achieving the goal of a grand champion pen of market chickens didn’t take an extraordinary amount of work or a draw of luck like many people would think.
“It took patience and diligence and then creativity to come up with things that many other people wouldn’t think of doing,” she said. “It was because of this that I believe that I and my family achieved this goal.”
Scott Seim, a 2012 graduate of Twin Valley South High School, who lives in New Lebanon, has shown chickens at the junior fair at the Ohio State Fair. In 2008, he had the grand champion meat pen of chickens.
“That really was a special honor for me,” he said. “I was certainly amazed by that, being my first year up there.”
He said he learned how nice the Ohio State Fair is and how well the exhibitors present their animals and cited the great fair staff.
For Scott and Shannon Clark, 4-H truly resulted in a long lasting relationship. Scott of Covington and Shannon of Arcanum met at the Dark County Fair in 1989 as they were both exhibiting cattle. They married in 1993. Shannon Clark was asked what 4-H means to her family.
“To us, it was a family affair,” she said. “My husband’s family is showing cattle in Miami County for probably 50 years or better. It was always a fun time for us to meet new people and build long lasting friendships.”
Their children, Madison, a senior at Covington High School and Tyler, a junior, have shown at the Ohio State Fair as part of the Frisky Critters 4-H Club. Tyler will be exhibiting hogs at the Ohio State Fair this year while Madison will show cattle.
“I think 4-H is a good thing because it teaches you responsibilities and it gets you ready for life in the real world and what you’re going to experience as you get older,” said Madison Clark.
Madison Clark has had the third overall and fourth overall steer in the junior fair at the Ohio State Fair. She has been the outstanding market beef exhibitor in her age division for at least three years. She said the Ohio State Fair gives her an opportunity to see the results of her hard work from the entire summer.