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More than 100 4-H projects completed

Allison Lewis Walling sells her 4-H rabbit at the livestock auction Friday, finishing her 10-year career with 117 completed projects.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

One hundred seventeen projects later, Allison Lewis Walling, daughter of Shane and Karie Lewis, has completed her 10-year 4-H career.

She walked out of the Fayette County Free Fair show arena Friday night after selling her rabbit in the livestock auction and moves into a new phase of life. She and husband Logan are expecting a baby in October.

“My goal was to have 100 projects done by my 10th year,” she said. “I wanted to do at least 10 projects every year ... that’s plenty. There were some years I did more than 10 but in later years, I slacked off a little.”

Those early years saw her complete 12-15 projects. In addition to the rabbits, she showed chickens a few years, child development, miscellaneous crafts, genealogy all 10 years and many more that did not come to mind.

Childhood development and possibly the miscellaneous crafts are her favorites.

She said a friend and former 4-H member took the project so she tried to make her projects just as good as the friend’s project.

“That was fun, getting ideas off her because she always did well on hers,” she said. “I almost did good on mine. With miscellaneous crafts, I could make what I want without having a whole lot of guidelines.”

This year, Walling made a sign that will go in the baby’s room. In a past year, she made a blanket.

She joined 4-H because her mother is a 4-H leader and a good friend had also been a leader in the Columbia Shiners Club at the time.

“It’s taught me time management, because you’ve got deadlines to get everything done,” she said. “I’ve made good friends. I will miss having a reason to make something new. I really enjoyed showing rabbits and I’ll probably miss that.”

Other than 4-H, homemade ice cream is her favorite part of the fair, she said.

In years past, she took several rabbits to the fair which kept her busy showing. This year, just one. The first year got off to a bang, winning grand champion.

Walling will have her own baby at the 117th Fayette County Free Fair in 2019. 

“I think it will be fun because, even though he will be little, I want him to be in 4-H and show animals like I have,” she said. “I think he will enjoy it.”

But the 117 projects may not last as the most projects completed by a member of the Lewis clan.

Mother Karie said Allison has three younger sisters at home who each have a goal of beating their older sister.