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4-Hers show off creativity in best dressed animal contest

Madeline Roche • Aug 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Fair week leaves room for a lot of creativity.

Every year, 4-Her’s at the Huron County Fair have a chance to show off their ideas in a Best Dressed Animal contest, with the top three earning a trophy. 

The contest took place Friday afternoon in the Doug Wilson Building.

This year’s grand champion is 10-year-old Ava Deel. Her costume was inspired by the movie “Charlotte’s Web.” She dressed up as Wilbur the pig and her rabbit was Charlotte the spider.

Deel said she came up with the idea after watching the movie for the first time about one week ago.

“I feel good,” Deel said about winning.

She said she put a lot of hard work into her costume and finding what she needed to put it together. 

Deel also was last year’s grand champion, having dressed as a referee while two rabbits were on opposing teams in a football stadium — one dressed as the Cleveland Browns and the other as their arch rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I’m excited for her,” Ava’s mother, Lisa Deel, said about her daughter repeating as grand champ.

The runners-up were brother and sister.

Taking second place was Kaden Miguel-Roblero, 7, of New London.

His homemade costume was the superhero Optimus Prime from “Transformers.” His costume included working lights and could go from a superhero uniform to a truck.

This idea took four to five hours to become a reality, with the help of his mother, Cassondra Dixon.

His chicken was dressed as a bumble bee. 

The final participant to take home a trophy this year was Makiya Dixon, of Norwalk.

She is a member of the Lone Rangers 4-H Club.

She was dressed as a chef, while her chicken was staged as “chicken soup.”

“I had all the chef things already so I thought I’d do chicken soup because I like chicken soup,” Dixon said.

Many other animals were dressed up, accompanying 4-Hers. Several were in actual dresses, such as a pony and a turkey. Other participants included a goat in a bandana and a bunny dressed as an NBA cheerleader for the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

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