Sister ActWINDOM — The Piotter sisters are part of a 4-H family (their brothers are also heavily involved), but the gals took the spotlight Thursday at the Cottonwood County Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall.
WINDOM — The Piotter sisters are part of a 4-H family (their brothers are also heavily involved), but the gals took the spotlight Thursday at the Cottonwood County Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall.
Clad in teal green 4-H T-shirts, the Jeffers residents spoke enthusiastically about their projects.
Older sister Molly, 9, completed eight projects in her Amboy Sunrisers club, one of which was inspired by the grocery store aisle.
“I just decided to show what you can eat for 100 calories,” she explained. “They have those 100-calorie packs everywhere in the store and I like them, so my mom said, ‘Well, you can make your own.’”
So she did, displaying a variety of snack foods in clear plastic baggies for comparison. One hundred calories of popcorn, for example, filled up a bag entirely, while a candy bar needed to be cut down to size before it would represent a 100-calorie serving.
Her entry was well-received by the judges, and something for younger sister Kelsey to aspire to.
Kelsey, 8, chattered on proudly about her several projects, including a “stained glass” work depicting a tropical fish, a pictoral journal of her trip to visit grandma and grandpa in New Ulm — including a stop at dad’s bean field, of course — and a photograph of her black Labrador puppy, Black.
Kelsey is now entering her second year in 4-H.
“You get to have fun,” she said of her experiences. “And you can make a mess, but you have to clean it up and people get to see (your project) and you get ribbons and you get to see other people’s projects and get ideas.”
The 4-H projects represented a variety of skills honed in 4-H: clothing, photography, horticulture, consumer education, cooking, artwork, handicrafts and more.
Many poster projects focused on public education, tackling such topics as water and electrical safety and good driving habits. Colorful scrapbooks and gizmos built of interlocking plastic pieces graced some displays, and there was a large display of clothing in the corner. On the other side of the hall was an exhibit of plants, fresh produce and baked goods; and pop can lamps and woodworking projects were also also on display.
The projects are on display through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Windom.