Tiffany Johnson held a satin bunny as she prepared to head to the Coconino County Fair, Sept. 1-4 at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff. Johnson sold all her rabbits at the fair and took Champion Showmanship for both rabbits and poultry.TJ, Karlson’s oldest son, won a blue ribbon as the Junior Novice in the Rabbit Showmanship and received Best of Breed for his rabbits.
Nine-year-old Cameron "Cam" Holmes said he loves going to the fair.
“It’s just fun being in it," he said.
Being involved in 4-H is a yearlong process, Holmes said.
"We get a whole bunch of chickens and we raise them, and then I choose which one I want to take to the show," he said. "I had to show my chicken twice. The second time I wasn’t nervous."
Holmes had to work hard but he said it was worth it. He took Junior Novice Champion in Poultry Showmanship, received Best of Breed for his Black Silkie and two blue ribbons.
"I got one for a piñata I made and a hanging paper cutout decoration," he said.
The forestry project group, which consists of eight students, was awarded two Best of Show. One award was for the paper the kids made and the second was for the "Cookie" or slice of wood diagramed to tell the life story of the tree.
Another local student, who received a Best of Show in schools for the Williams School District, is third-grader Rowen Huntley. She won for a book she made during a writing workshop offered during the summer with pre-first grade teacher Mary O’Brien.
"I think they did very, very well," said Ginger Holmes, Cam’s mom. "Considering the size of Coconino County I think they did really good. They have excellent talent."
One of the final events of the fair is the auction of the market animals. A goal for the Williams club is to get the public to purchase animals Williams’ youth raised.
"We had a number of locals support our youth by purchasing items at the auction," Ginger said. "We’ve been trying for this for years."
The Stockmen’s Bank purchased Brian Pawlicki’s market goat, Beverly and Gene Sanford purchased Tiffany’s market turkey, Don Bracken and Homco. purchased both Tiffany’s market rabbits and Aaron Pawlicki’s market goat, and Arizona Feeds purchased Lee Starrett’s market rabbits.
Local 4-H winners at this year's fair include:
Jessie Broem —Top Senior Novice Rabbit Showman
TJ Carlson — Best of Breed in rabbits and a blue ribbon for the Junior Novice in the rabbit Showmanship.
Kirren Dolan — Blue ribbons for Senior Novice Showmanship for rabbits and poultry.
Johnny Dolan — Blue ribbon for Junior Novice Poultry Showmanship.
Cameron Holmes — Junior Novice Champion in Poultry Showmanship, Best of Breed for his Black Silkie chicken, blue ribbons for a piñata and a hanging paper cutout decoration.
Katy Holmes — Best of Show for her bug collection.
Tiffany Johnson — Top Senior Champion in Poultry Showman-ship, Top Senior Champion in Rabbit Showmanship, Grand Champion Rabbit with Black Satin mystic, 4-H Grand Champion Market Pen, Open Youth Grand Champion Fryer Pen, 4-H Best Bantam for her white cochin, Open Youth Best Bantam for her white cochin and two Best of Shows in open youth for a drawing of three dragons and a gingerbread house.
David Johnson — Blue ribbon for a saloon made from popsicle sticks.
Aline Konkel — Blue ribbons for her turkey and two rabbits.
Crystal Konkel — Champion Trio in Poultry for black Astrolops, Best of Breed for black Cochin, and senior buck for his Hollandlop.
Aaron Pawlicki — Senior Reserve champion Rabbit Showmanship, Champion Doe and Litter rabbits, Top Senior Showmanship for his market goats and a Best of Show for his goat jerky in open youth.
Brian Pawlicki — Blue ribbon in the junior rabbit showmanship event.
Lee Starrett — 4-H Reserve Champion for his market rabbits and Champion Doe for his silver Marten doe.