MEDINA — Sporting braided pigtails, 11-year-old Grace Conrad of Liverpool Township donned a pink cowgirl hat and a star-studded belt.
Clover, the bunny, was dressed the same.
Grace accented Clover with a saddle and cowgirl Barbie and it paid off: The duo took home first place in the Calico Critters contest at the Medina County Fair on Friday afternoon.
“This is the first time I’ve competed, but I will definitely do it again,” Grace said.
Grace and Clover took home some hardware because they also earned first in the “Most Country” category. Finishing behind Grace was Logan Stewart.
Medina resident Justin Flack, 12, finished first in the “Best 4-H Representation” for his impersonation of Bill Harris, educator for 4-H youth development with the Ohio State University Extension. Justin’s goat Jumper sported a T-shirt, shorts, an Ohio State Fair baseball cap and sunglasses.
In the “Movie Star” category, 9-year-old Victoria Schuster of Medina was in the spotlight with her mini-lop bunny named Carrot.
Victoria constructed a car out of cardboard and duct tape and fastened it to a skateboard to cart Carrot everywhere at the fair. To look stylish, Carrot wore a purple boa with some sunglasses to hide the glare of the cameras.
Victoria’s mom, Sharon, said it was Victoria’s first time showing a live animal.
“She’s done the Cloverbuds 8 and under before where they dress up stuffed animals, but this is definitely much more fun for her,” she said. “She had a lot of fun picking what to do with Carrot and coming up with her style and theme. We will definitely do this again next year.”
Second in the “Movie Star” category went to Cassie Flack, 16, of Medina, and her angora goat Tia, who played the role of an Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleader.
“This is my first time participating in Calico Critters with Tia. I have shown both her mother and grandfather, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go,” Cassie said laughing. “It was either going to go really good or really bad with her running away and streamers from her pom-poms flying everywhere. She has done really, really well. I will definitely do this again with her.”
Ten-year-old Medina resident Sophia Schrubb took home a trophy for the “Look Like Another Animal” category with her two goats dressed as zebras.
Sophia said she really enjoyed the event and plans to do it again next year.
Second went to Whitney Smith.
In the “Best Dressed Cow” category, Carlee Hagenbaugh finished first and Emily Winnicki came in second.
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