Ariel Dobbins won a Best of Show Designation at the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia for her 4-H project.

Ariel completed her project under the guidance and direction of Mrs. Pat Underwood, third grade teacher and 4-H Leader at Big Otter.  For her project Ariel documented birds she saw throughout the year including photos, dates, locations and bird activity. She located, monitored, photographed and described three birds’ nests, including two of which she was able to watch over several days as multiple eggs hatched.  She became familiar with state laws concerning game birds and songbirds.  And finally, she constructed a birdhouse.

Ariel’s project was on display and earned a first place ribbon at the Clay County Agriculture Youth Fair at Clay County Park in Maysel the last weekend in July.  First place projects at county fairs throughout the state earn the right to have their projects displayed at the WV State Fair the second week of August. Ariel’s project was just one of 13 projects selected for Best of Show, out of 3,685 4-H projects submitted by students throughout West Virginia. These included 1,195 exhibits physically on display at the Fair, digital exhibits, posters, photos, writing…

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