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4-H wins ribbons at state fair

Blair Branch

Hello everyone! I hope this finds each of you doing well.

Michael and our boys are doing well. I’m doing a lot better than I was. I’ve had a head cold for the last three weeks, ever since we came back from the state fair.

We spent Aug. 16, 17, and 18 there with the Letcher County 4-H. Bailey and Dalton showed their broken mini-rex senior bucks Jabba and Jango. Bailey won a blue ribbon with Jabba and he was third runner-up in best in class. Dalton won a blue ribbon on Jango and he was first runner-up in best of class.

Bailey also participated in the horticulture competition after only joining the group around June and walked away with a white third place ribbon of his own, and the entire Letcher County 4-H Junior Horticulture Team got third place in the state as a group.

It was a very tiring trip but we really enjoyed ourselves and it was extremely educational.

Sonja and Ben West’s children, Stephen, Martha, and Annie, participated in multiple events at the fair such as Arts & Crafts, Ham Speeches, and Avian Bowl and came home with several ribbons. They also showed their rabbits.

Annie’s Netherland Dwarf Junior Doe, Honeydew, was best of breed and the other three rabbits were best in their class.

Ricky Meade, whom we call “Little Rick,” showed his goat and black face cross market lamb. I’ve forgotten if he got a ribbon on the goat, please forgive me for that, but I know that he won third place with his lamb.

All of the kids did absolutely fantastic! Congratulations to everyone and I’m sorry I can’t remember them all as there was a truckload. Letcher County should be very proud of this group of youngsters!

After we returned home, Michael and I had a small birthday party for our boys here at the house on Sunday, Aug. 19. Our youngest son, Dalton Maddix, turned 7 years old on July 19, and the older one, Bailey McKenzie was turning 11 years old on Aug. 21. We had a great time and the boys were thrilled to have their family and friends here to celebrate with them. Thanks to all who came.

Around the first of September, Opal Jent went to Sevier, Tenn., and spent a couple days with her son, Gardner Allen, and his family. She was ecstatic to get to spend a little time with her grandbabies.

I believe Allen and Jessica have finally decided on a name for the little one. He is to be named Zachary Arlin, and Bailey’s already nicknamed him Little Tex.

Jessica’s due date was originally around the end of October, but they’ve moved the date up until Oct. 18. Just a little over a month and our little man will be here. We are all so excited, but pray things go smoothly for Jessica and that Little Tex is healthy.

Jayane and Greg Lynch found out around the middle of last month that their new grandbaby, who is due in January, is going to be another boy. I know they are so excited for Patrick to have a little brother.

I’d say John and Melanie are over the moon as well.

Speaking of babies, Eliza Jane Blair made her way into the world on July 31 at 3:31 pm., weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and 19 inches long. She is the new daughter of Josh and Callie Horn-Blair.

Rachael Smith and her boyfriend Michael welcomed baby Nevaeh Ann Hope on Aug. 3. Little Nevaeh was 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 20 inches long.

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss

Congratulations on your new little ones! Enjoy them and hold them close to your heart.

On Sept. 2, a memorial and reunion were held at the Johnny Blair-Henry Adams Cemetery on the lefthand fork of Blair Branch. There was a church service followed by a potluck dinner and a washer-toss tournament later in the evening.

Lovell Blair, Ila Adams, and Minnie Blair are the surviving children of Johnny and Polly Blair. They and their families host the gettogether. We were all very happy that Minnie was able to attend. It was a very good day, indeed.

Mom and Dad, Allen and Sylvania Whitaker, attended Somertown Church on Sunday. It was their sacrament. Dad, Opal and David Jent also attended church at Letcher Manor Nursing Home.

Minnie Blair said that her allergies were bothering her and she wasn’t feeling well, but Mary Helen Blair says her shoulder is improving and she can move it a lot better now.

Mom has her yearly check up at the transplant center on the 20th. Opal will be going as well to see if she is a match to give Mom a kidney.

Mom is still at the top of the transplant list. So keep your fingers and toes crossed and pray as hard as you can pray that either she receives a good kidney from a donor soon, or that Opal is a match.

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt. 17:20)

I’m sorry to hear that Bill Winstead died. I know he had been very sick for a long time. Please pray for his wife Delena and daughter Nikki.

Gardner Allen Jent and Kaleb Joyner Albers celebrated their birthdays on Sept. 5; Della Blair, Sept. 6; and Aiden James Adams, Sept. 7. Maisie Adams, Lonis Morris, Vette Blair-Caudill, and Tracy Blair-Snowden will all celebrate on Sept. 14; Lois Blair and Lori Caudill- Wells, Sept. 15; and Dylan Ford Watts, Sept. 17.

Happy birthday to each of you! I hope your special day is filled with all the love and laughter in the world!

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time.

I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail.com.

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