The Curry Coastal Pilot

The 2010 Curry County Fair will mark the end of a combined total of 35 years of hard work and dedication in 4-H for five Brookings-Harbor High School graduates.

Gregory Christensen, Alycia Jacobson, Monica Mitchell, Megan Boardman and Isabella Apicello will, for the last time as youth 4-H competitors, demonstrate their skills, technique and knowledge in their various animal and static non-animal projects at the fair.

Countless trophies, ribbons, money and awards have been won by these youth, including trips to compete at the Oregon State Fair.

Boardman, a member of Rail Riders, will be competing with her horses Vegas and Tipsy in the equestrian events, scheduled to begin today (July 28). This is her fifth year of competition in 4-H. Gaming and Bareback are two of her favorite events. Over the past years Boardman has competed with several different horses, is currently a horse trainer, and has been competitive with her photography projects.

Apicello, although new to the area, has been in 4-H for six years. She was competitive in equestrian events in Boise, Idaho, and this year will be entering her photography projects and helping the younger equestrian competitors at the Curry County Fair. A member of Rail Riders, Apicello's expertise is in horse showmanship and, if not in the show ring, she will be encouraging and assisting less experienced horse competitors.

Mitchell was a 4-H member before moving to Brookings as a fourth grader. Her projects over the years include sheep, swine, beef, poultry, floriculture, weaving, and other static exhibits. After eight years of competition, Mitchell has won top awards in her entries, medaled in several projects, and every year participated in the sale of her animals at the fair auction, including this year when she will be marketing two animals. She also received a $1,000 Curry County 4-H scholarship for her endeavors.

Jacobson, an eight-year member and current president of Brookings Livestock Club, will again be competing in beef, swine and cats. Her projects over the years include quilting, with one of her quilts winning awards at the state fair. Jacobson has earned top dollar in the marketing of her beef and swine at the past local fairs and is expected to be a tough competitor this year. Jacobson has also served as a junior leader for the Quilting Group.

Christensen, a member of Four on the Floor 4-H Club, a group he instigated and has led for three years, will again be competing in the small animal and static categories. Pygmy goats, poultry, rabbits, guinea pigs, floriculture, presentations and educational displays are some of his competitive projects for the past eight years. He has also worked, competed and won awards at the Oregon State Fair for four years. He received a $1,000 Curry County 4-H scholarship along with two Farm Bureau scholarships and an Oregon State 4-H scholarship andndash; the first awarded to a Curry County 4-H member in recent history.

The Curry County Fair will be Thursday through Sunday, July 29 through Aug. 1, at the Event Center on the Beach in Gold Beach.