Variety the spice of 4-H General Project Show

SYCAMORE – John Limberis knew exactly what category he wanted to enter in DeKalb County’s annual 4-H General Project Show last Thursday: sports fishing.

“I really love fishing,” John, 13, of DeKalb said. “I’ve done this (show) every year I’ve been in 4-H.”

John said it took him three days to complete the project. He also entered projects in woodworking, rocketry and electricity. His efforts paid off with a blue ribbon, which is nothing new. A member of the Choreboys & Choregirls 4-H Club for four years, Limberis has gone to state twice, earning best of show for his electricity project in 2012.

The 360 members of DeKalb County 4-H clubs entered projects in about 140 categories at the General Project Show, which was held in the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture in Sycamore. Categories included such things as animal science, sewing, visual arts, photography and much more.

There is a separate show in August for 4-H’s more well-known livestock categories. The General Project Show is “everything that doesn’t have lungs,” DeKalb County 4-H project manager Nicole Groezinger said.

Top finishers at both the General Project Show and the Livestock Fair advance to compete at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield in August.

Local competitions are judged by experts in each field. Groezinger said students can enter only one project per category, but can enter as many categories as they want. Some students have been working on their projects since last September.

For one of his projects, 13-year-old Tom Limberis chose a vegetable basket display.

“Last year, I wanted to grow my own vegetables,” he said. “I thought it was interesting.”

Tom grew his crops on a 1-acre plot. His display included sweet corn, zucchini, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots.

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