Children build sculptures out of vegetables

A program at the Clark County Fair encouraged children to eat their vegetables as they used their favorites to build sculptures.

“What kid doesn’t like to play with food,” said Terry Smith, who is on the committee for vegetables for the fair. “It’s amazing to see what their imaginations have come up with.”

The kids, ages 4-15 choose four vegetables to come up with their creation Wednesday at the fair.. The winning sculptures were chosen by Vickie Sibole, president of the women’s bowling association, based on creativity, neatness, whether it fits on the tray that it was designed on and if their name and age was written on the plate.

There is only one judge who decides the winner because two takes a lot of discussion, said Smith.

Carrots, cucumbers, onions, potatoes and celery were just a few among the many fresh vegetables that the kids could choose from. Tubes of icing are used as glue to keep the vegetables together.

There were three winners selected out of their age group, but each contestant was given a participation ribbon from the Clark County fair.

Tru Bubdenberg, 8, was selected for first-place in the 7-8 age group.

Smith came up with the idea after working with kids in juvenile detention and Youth Springfield Metropolitan for 10 years.

“Juvenile court had gardens,” said Smith.

As Smith got more involved with the fair, she thought it would be a good idea to get children interested in vegetables.

The contest started six years ago and started with only two children. But this year, 65 kids participated in this contest. It is sponsored by the Harmony Farm Market and W.R. Hackett Produce.

“Some girls who have done it come back every year and participate because it was so much fun,” Smith said.

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