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4-H Projects are on display at county fair

Robots, photographs, sculptures, paper crafts and more will be on display throughout the Ogle County 4-H Fair.

The 4-H fair is held with the Ogle County Fair Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 3.

Creative 4-H members were checking projects in July 26 to be judged before having the projects put on display.

Seventeen-year-old Courtney Lima, a member of the  Leaf River Soaring Eagles, was entering a photograph in the photography department.

She talked to fair judge Doug Wean, Mt. Morris, about the yellow flower she took a photo of.

"He was awesome, he taught me a lot," said Lima. "He taught me about compositions and the rule of thirds."

Lima said having a good judge makes her want to pursue her projects every year.

"I enjoy coming here and learning about about the things I enjoy," she said. "I can't draw so this is a way I can express myself artistically."

The flower photograph was well received by Wean and while listening to his critique of the project, he was giving suggestions of things to try in future photographs.

He told her about how changing the settings on the camera can change how the overall photograph appears.

This was the fifth year Lima has entered photos in the 4-H fair.

Another creative project was entered by 15-year-old Natalie Carlson, By-Y Badgers.

She created a floral arrangement out of paper flowers she meticulously made.

"We are looking at close to 30 hours for this project," said Carlson.

She said their were minimal problems with creating the project because she read the instructions and did tests before starting.

"They worked pretty well," said Carlson. "I did a couple tryouts before starting and that helped."

Planning for the project and following the directions helped with her project, she said.

The inspiration for the project came from a regular trip to the library.

"I saw this book at the library and it grabbed my attention," she said. 

Other projects that were checked in Saturday afternoon included a metal sculpture of a heron, a model farm, wood shelves, and a robot.

The robot was made using LEGO Mindstorm sensors and creativity.

This project could pick up different colored marbles and sort them by color.

To see these projects and discover more creative ideas, visit the 4-H exhibit building during the fair.

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