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Ali Patton, a member of the Lucky Star 4-H Club, entered a quilted pillow in the non-garment category and met with 4-H Judge Kaye Zebarth July 30 for a conference judging session. She received an honorable mention award for her project. (photo by Amy Chaffins)

Who are you to judge?

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Douglas County kids work on projects all summer and, come county fair time, it's time to face the judges.

Who are the people that decide a blue ribbon goes to Johnny and a red ribbon goes to Sue?


They're people like Kaye Zebarth of Brandon. She helped judge this year's 4-H clothing and textiles category.

"I was a 4-H'er all my life and I always wanted to be judge," she said. "My mom was a judge for years and years. I always thought that would be fun to do."

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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