Hoosier 4-H members smile for the cameras during the first Celebration Awards at the Indiana State Fair, which recognizes individuals who took top honors in livestock contests, as well as gardening and honey exhibits. The new program replaces the previous Sale of Champions and ensures that every member is presented with a predetermined monetary amount.
Hoosier 4-H members smile for the cameras during the first Celebration Awards at the Indiana State Fair, which recognizes individuals who took top honors in livestock contests, as well as gardening and honey exhibits. The new program replaces the previous Sale of Champions and ensures that every member is presented with a predetermined monetary amount.

INDIANAPOLIS — To make sure every livestock exhibitor who received top honors with their animal was recognized equally, the Indiana State Fair recently held its first Celebration Awards.

The awards were given to 4-H livestock winners, as well as those exhibitors who excelled in gardening and honey projects, in the same award categories that previously were honored through the Sale of Champions by being presented with a predetermined monetary amount.

Steve Simmerman, the president of the state fair board, noted that to figure out the amount each individual would be given, a formula was derived with the help of the former director of Purdue Extension, Chuck Hibberd.

He added the equation that was developed takes into consideration the market value of the animal and its weight, as well as the carcass value for the animal, and combines those with an achievement award, which is determined on the final placing the 4-H member’s animal receives in the respective grand drive.

Gov. Mike Pence noted that he applauded all of the 2013 recipients of the Indiana State Fair Celebration Awards, from those involved with beef, sheep, swine and rabbits to those youth who grew vegetables.

He added that award winners truly embody the words of the 4-H motto, “to make the best better.”

The following 4-H members received 2013 Indiana State Fair Celebration Awards:

* Collin Tennant of Wabash County — Champion 4-H Oxford Market Lamb, $3,000;

* Kyle Garringer of Jay County — Champion 4-H Dorset Market Lamb, $3,000;

* Kyra Schinbeckler of Whitley County — Champion 4-H Shropshire Lamb, $3,000;

* Jordan Stillwell of Clinton County — Reserve Champion 4-H Black Faced Crossbred Market Lamb, $3,000;

* Samantha Raute of Hamilton County — Champion 4-H Hampshire Market Lamb, $3,000

* Noah Roy of Tippecanoe County — Grand Champion 4-H Commercial Waterfowl, $1,500;

* Megan Berry of Hendricks County — Champion 4-H Garden Exhibit, $1,500;

* Kellen Woods of Tipton County — Reserve Champion 4-H Duroc Barrow, $3,000;

* Dalaney Vickrey of Huntington County — Champion 4-H Chester White Barrow, $3,000;

* Connor Young of Howard County — Champion 4-H Spot Barrow, $3,000;

* Kelsey Bauer of Huntington County — Champion 4-H Yorkshire Barrow, $3,000;

* Wyatt Helfin of Wabash County — Champion Cache of 4-H Honey, $1,500;

* Kayla Patrick of Huntington County — Champion 4-H Meat Pen of Rabbits, $1,500;

* Jared Templin of Kosciusko County — Champion 4-H Dairy Steer, $4,500;

* Brooke Hayden of Jasper County — Champion 4-H Chianina Steer, $4,500;

* Rachael Rogers of Noble County — Champion 4-H Maine Steer, $4,500;

* James Champ of Cass County — Grand Champion 4-H Meat Type Chickens, $1,500;

* Elizabeth Michel of Wabash County — Reserve Champion 4-H Meat Goat Wether, $2,500;

* Megan Brooks of Clark County — Champion 4-H Meat Goat Wether, $2,500;

* Eryn Schinbeckler of Whitley County — Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb, $6,000;

* Katelyn O’ Farrell of Carroll County — Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Barrow, $6,000;

* Cole Wilcox of Lawrence County — Grand Champion 4-H Barrow, $7,000;

* Austen Irvin of Henry County — Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Steer, $8,000; and

* Teegan Brumbaugh of Noble County — Grand Champion 4-H Steer, $10,000.