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Franklin County Junior Fair auction

Competitors' hard work brings in fair trophies

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The Franklin County Junior Fair livestock auction, which concludes the Franklin County Fair, also is the culmination of about 18 months of work for hundreds of 4-H members.

Boys and girls ages 5-18 are eligible to participate in 4-H and many say the experience helps prepare them for college, vocations and the start of adulthood.

"It taught me that, if you put your mind to it and give it all your effort, you can achieve your goals," said Jonathan Zins, an 18-year-old graduate of St. Charles Preparatory School.

Zins, a 13-year 4-H member who resides in Powell, participated in his final Franklin County Fair last week, winning the titles of Fair King and Showman of Showmen.

Zins also showed the grand champion geese, for which he received a bid of $250 from Sunshine Farms.

Zins' older brother and older sister are also 4-H alumni.

"Our mother got us all started in 4-H. I started with showing llamas," Zins said.

In addition to the geese, Zins participated in the Junior Fair Showman of Showmen, open to qualifying owners of grand champion animals in all species, including swine, beef, cattle, sheep, goats, geese and turkeys. Zins won the title in this overall competition among 4-H members.

Zins plans to attend Ohio State University this fall to study biomedical science.

Among other 4-H students who spent most of the fair's last day, July 19, at the auction was Alexa Thorpe, a 14-year-old freshman at Jonathan Alder High School.

Thorpe received $300 for her grand champion broiler, in the poultry division, from Franklin County Engineer Dean Ringle and Sheriff Zach Scott.

Thorpe's horse riding trainer introduced her to 4-H. She competed in English and Western horse riding and showed animals through the program.

Her champion chickens at this year's county fair were her first champion animals.

"It has taught me a great deal of responsibility," Thorpe said of the effort in time and money to raise 4-H animals, as well as her other 4-H disciplines.

For many 4-H members, the responsibility is a family project.

Siblings Sydney and Tanner Krebs each showed grand champion animals at this year's fair.

Tanner, 16, received $2,400 from Huffman's Market for his 1,075-pound grand champion market steer while Sydney, 14, received $1,200 from David Black Farms for her 440-pound grand champion beef feeder.

Both are students at Central Crossing High School and members of the Hellbranch 4-H Club of Grove City.

"It kind of runs in the family," Tanner said of his 4-H participation.

"It's been a great experience for me to meet new people every year and learn the responsibility needed to compete," said Tanner, who also had the grand champion market steer last year.

Sydney had the reserve champion beef feeder last year.

"All the hard work has really paid off," she said.

The Krebs family owns and operates a farm selling mostly produce to various retail suppliers.

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