Island kids gave it their all at the San Juan County Fair, Aug. 16-19. Here is a sampling of how they did.
For horses, seventeen-year-old Katelyn Minnis of Orcas earned reserve champion in gaming showmanship and outstanding horse care and qualified to compete at state. Eighteen-year-old Emma Minnis brought home the sportsmanship awards. The two sisters also helped with younger horse competitors, many of whom competed for the first time. Twelve-year-old Isabella Douglas of Orcas Island won the most promising first year horse member, second place in 4-H performance showmanship, hunt seat equitation and showmanship, fifth place in 4-H discipline rail, fourth in open English equitation, first in open English pleasure senior, first place open English pleasure 12 and under, third open maiden Western equitation, third open Western equitation, first in open Western pleasure and showmanship and working pairs. It was her first fair competition.
Five-year-old Grace Zwilling of Orcas was awarded second and three third place awards in small fry gaming. In performance, she earned second in open halter, fifth in the halter championship, third in showmanship for 13 and under, first in small-fry halter and second in small fry trail.
Eleven-year-old Liv Longworth-O’Brien of Orcas won second place and four honorable mentions for open entry photography.
Thirteen-year-old Travis Arnott of Lopez earned swine and beef intermediate showmanship, 4-H outstanding beef member and champion market beef. Nine-year-old Danielle Arnott took home high point junior photography and swine junior showmanship and the Lopez perseverance award for horsemanship. Lopezian Josh Kramer, 13, won reserve champion in market sheep and grand champion in feeder lamb. He also rode in open class gaming and won overall high point in the young adult division.
Eleven-year-old Aiden Willis of Lopez Island won grand champion in junior goat showmanship, grand champion in pygmy goat wether, grand champion junior in horse performance showmanship, a trophy for high point junior in Western classes, Lopez outstanding horse care trophy, three grand champion ribbons for gaming events, reserve champion dog showmanship, a grand champion for dog judging, the mechanical Services trophy for his forestry project and first place ribbons for his three open class pygmy goats.
Ten-year-old Hailey King of Lopez brought home the Lopez best sportsmanship award for horses, junior high point trail trophy and most promising show career. It was her first fair competition.
Sixteen-year-old Hunter Buffum qualified for the state fair in four horse events: performance, gaming, driving and dressage. She also earned 4-H gaming high point senior division, open western high point, open English high point and the Lopez shining Star award.