By Melody Vallieu
Allison Ingle got an early birthday present on Sunday.
Ingle, who turned 18 on Monday, who received not only the Miami County Baker’s Delight award, she also took home the Art Hall’s coveted Homemaker of the Year designation at the Miami County Fair.
However, the 10-year member of the Ears to Tails and Stitchin’ Sisters and Buildin’ Brothers 4-H clubs, is no stranger to the award, she first took it home when she was just 9 years old.
“We knew what it took to win the award and we were just trying for it again,” Ingle said Ingle.
The 2014 Covington High School graduate also took home nine Best of Show ribbons on Sunday for Pies, Machine Sewing, Brownies, two for Cupcakes, Paper Mache, Coffee Cake and Pies, all of which played a hand in her Homemaker of the Year nod.
The Homemaker of the Year award is to encourage the various skills of a homemaker and to recognize their achievements. Those looking to be considered for the award must have at least one entry in the Crafts, Hobbies, Baked Goods and Needlework categories. Points are then awarded for each placing in the classes to name a winner.
Ingle received the Richard and Betty Minnich Memorial Trophy for the acknowledgement.
The Miami County Baker’s Delight award is a second annual award to honor an outstanding baker and recognize their achievements. To be considered, participants must have entries in six separate categories. Ingle received the Peg Wilhelm Memorial Trophy for this award.
One of Ingle’s favorite projects that led to her Homemaker award also served dual roles. She made a prom dress for her Art Hall sewing entry — then wore it her senior prom. Ingle said she is quite proud of the floor-length dress, which includes more than 9,000 hand-sewn beads.
Being a member of 4-H is a way of life in Ingle’s family, she said. Her parents participated, and her sister, Cassandra, is an 11-year member. The girls both also show market lambs.
Ingle said she enjoys 4-H because she has made a lot of friends throughout the years — beyond her friends at school — and looks forward to catching up with them during fair week.
“You make memories with friends, 4-H friends you don’t see every day. So you get to reconnect,” said Ingle, who soon will begin studying business at Wright State University.
She also enjoys competing with others in the different Art Hall categories.
“Just seeing how the things you like and how they compete against everyone else,” Ingle said.
Ingle said the skills she has learned as a member of 4-H are skills that will last a lifetime because she already knows how to cook, bake and sew for herself.
“With the lambs, they depend on you, so I think that will help me later in life as well,” she said.