After just one day of showing her ducks at the Missouri State Fair, Hannah Noblitt, 14, of Bolivar, already has three awards under her belt.
Noblitt and her Khaki Campbell duck received Best Breed, Best Variety and Best Light Duck after showing Thursday, which marked the Woodlawn 4-H Club member’s first time competing at the state fair. At home in Bolivar, she has been a 4-H member for two years, participating in foods, cake decorating and poultry.
Noblitt and her ducks have made the rounds this year. She’s been to fairs in Lawrence, Cole, Dallas and Dade counties, and just last week she competed at the Ozark Empire Fair. The knowledgeable young competitor may be new to the state fair, but she’s no stranger to the agriculture industry — it runs in the family.
“My grandpa has a farm, he just has horses right now,” Noblitt told the Democrat after changing out the water for some of her ducks in the Poultry Building. “We have about 200 chickens at our house, and I’m getting a calf soon. My cousin, Ashley Brown, is a FFA ag teacher.”
She said her grandpa and brother also help out with the local 4-H club, and the whole family tries to volunteer when the club does community work.
She may only be in high school, but Noblitt said she has a few ideas of how she’d like to incorporate agriculture into her future.
“I want to help out my cousin, because he’s doing FFA too. I want to help him with learning about it,” she said. “When I get older I want to have my own farm with cows, chickens, horses, a little bit of everything.”
Noblitt’s brother also had a successful first day at the fair — he received Grand Champion Division 1 and a gold ribbon for the agriscience poster he presented Thursday in the FFA building. Noblitt said she and her mom were there to watch his presentation.
Noblitt and her family will be at the fair through Monday as she continues to show several different breeds of ducks, so her days will be filled with competing, but she said she and her mom try to make time for taking in the sights.
“We’ll mostly be walking around, looking around at everything,” she said. “We haven’t seen any of the cows, horses or pigs yet, so we’ll go see those this weekend.”