Claremont girl makes first trip to State Fair in 4-H
With a strong passion for 4-H at her side, Kyra Dewitz of Claremont made her first trip as a champion winner to the Minnesota State Fair.
Dewitz, 12, exhibited a cow painting, which previously had won a purple championship at the Dodge County Fair in July. She earned a blue ribbon at this year’s State Fair.
For her cow painting, she painted a pair of different colored cows. She first sketched an outline of the cows and then went to work painting them.
Dewitz earned no less than seven trips to the State Fair from projects she had excelled at during the county fair. However, 4-Hers can take only one project to the State Fair. “I had to make a choice,” she said. “My father encouraged me to take the one that I wanted to learn more about.”
In the end, her choice was the cow painting. She said the decision was hard, but she felt the painting would be one that she could articulate well to the judge.
Asked about how she came up with the cow, she said: “I was just kind of bored and saw a picture of it on the internet. I thought it would be a cool picture.”
She was involved in conference judging with other 4-H members all at once last week at the State Fair. Dewitz said the judging at the state is different than the county level because at the county it’s only done between the 4-Her and judge.
“I think it’s pretty nice,” Dewitz said of her first trip to state. “A lot bigger.”
Besides fine arts, Dewitz is involved in many other projects, including rabbits, vegetable gardening, flower gardening, crafts, self-determined, photography, needle arts and wildlife biology. She achieved two grand champions and a reserve champion at the county level.
She kept busy throughout most of this summer creating 15 different projects. Her father, Jed, says 4-H is what she likes to do.
Dewitz’s decision to become involved in 4-H was influenced by her parents, who are former 4-H members. Her mother, Shannon, was in Dodge County 4-H while Jed was in North Dakota 4-H.
“She’s continuing a family tradition,” said Jed. “There are a lot of opportunities to learn about projects. They can all find something that interests them.”
Jed says his daughter is always searching for new ways to do her projects. While at the State Fair, she utilized her iPhone to take pictures of other projects so she has ideas for next year. One of the projects she has indicated interest in for next year is chickens.
Jed is happy to see his daughter’s strong passion for 4-H, which he says does much to building the character of young people. “A lot of responsibility and good opportunities,” he said.
While she is just getting over this year’s State Fair, she is looking ahead to next year. Dewitz already has one project completed and waiting for judging at next year’s county fair and possibly even the state fair.