On Saturday, August 12th the State Fair recognized 4H youth today from all over the Mountain State.
56 youth from 9-21 years old were recognized as state winners at the 4H recognition of youth event. 13 counties from West Virginia were represented. This year the ceremony recognized all 4H and FFA categories. The purpose of the ceremony is to give these kids a pat on the back for all of their achievements.
One of the many youth winners from the competition, Kelly Irvine, says it feels great to be a state winner. Her topic was about Temple Grandin. Her award was won in the digital presentation in public speaking.
"I spoke about how she [Temple Grandin] had a lot of obstacles in her life, such as having a form of autism, and that she overcame that and still accomplished great things within the agriculture industry. And also spoke about how she was a woman and overcame a lot of diversity within the agriculture industry at that time," said Irvine.
Governor Jim Justice even attended to congratulate the youth. This was the 3rd year for the youth recognition.