MEDINA — As exhibitors set up displays of shiny tractors and other farm equipment at the Medina County Fairgrounds on Sunday, 12-year-old Anna Winnicki walked into one of the display areas carrying a watering can and a hydroelectric lift made out of plastic bottles.
Her concoction was part of a county-wide project run by the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District in an effort to encourage kids to find uses for household items before throwing them away, Education Coordinator Beth Schnabel said. The students had to make something useful out of old materials.
Anna, of Medina, was one of about 80 kids from three Medina County elementary schools — Crestview, Westfield and Black River — to be selected to enter her recycling project into the county fair for a chance to win a cash prize.
“I had an idea from the start of what I was going to make, and then I just put it together,” she said.
Lodi resident Sabrina Risko, 11, made a caddy to organize desk materials out of a cereal box and cans.
Jacob Cooper, 12, of Chippewa Lake, used Lincoln Log pieces glued to a cookie sheet to create a maze. By lifting the sides of the cookie sheet slightly, a white marble would meander through the maze, the end of which was marked with a shoe horn.
Other projects included a railroad-crossing sign that doubles as a nightlight made out of scrap metal and old truck parts, a pizza box turned into an Ohio State University-themed game of checkers, and a bird house.
Schnabel said kids always impress her with their creativity with the project, which is in at least its 10th year.
“They start out with things that would have ended up in the trash, and they’re making something useful out of it,” Schnabel said.
“We want kids to realize all these post-consumer items, you can either use them or recycle them. Anything to keep them from going into the ground.”
Judging on the projects will take place today, she said.
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At a glance
The Medina County Fair begins today and runs through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the county fairgrounds, 710 W. Smith Road. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and kids age 11 and younger, and kids 2 and younger are free.