WELLINGTON — Big Bird would feel right at home at the Lorain County Fair this year, especially once he saw the trash cans.
This year’s theme for the annual 4-H Trash Barrel Painting Contest was “Feed the Can” and Sesame Street characters ended up gracing many of the cans.
“Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch seemed to be a recurring theme,” Ross Environmental Services Inc. spokeswoman Maggie Kelch said.
Ross sponsors the event and provides the large drums that are decorated by the various 4-H clubs that enter the contest. Company employees also serve as the judges.
This year, 15 clubs entered 19 barrels that featured not only Sesame Street characters, but Yogi Bear and Audrey II, the Venus fly trap from “Little Shop of Horrors.”
“We’ve been sponsoring the trash barrel painting contest for many years and each year we are amazed at the creativity of the 4-H members,” Kelch said. “This contest not only lets them show their creativity, but also enables us to make the fairgrounds a brighter and more appealing place for fair visitors.”
Coming in first in the 5-to-8-year-old category this year were the Elyria Precious Pups. The Sunset Riders finished second and the Brownhelm Perfection & BB Club took third place.
In the 9-to-12-year-old category, the winners were Belden B’s & G’s followed by the Cisco Kids in second place. Third place was won by Brownhelm Perfection & BB Club.
The Sunset Riders won the 13-to-18-year-old category with Bits & Spurs coming in second. The Cisco Kids took third in the category.
The winner will receive their prizes — $75 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third — at Junior Fair Night on Thursday.
Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.