Three 4-H members from St. Ansgar

Mallory Juhl (Left) with her rossettes, Lauren Bork with her quilt (middle) and Natalie Bork (right) with her zipper pouches. All three projects were chosen for the state fair.

OSAGE – Sisters Natalie and Lauren Bork, along with Mallory Juhl, are three of several Mitchell County youth, whose projects will be part of the 4-H Show at the Iowa State Fair.

Both of the Bork sisters have taken 4-H projects to the state fair before, but this will be Juhl’s first. All three of the young ladies belong to St. Ansgar Believers 4-H Club.

“I have been baking every year since I’ve been bringing stuff to the fair and I enjoy it,” Juhl said. “I am taking my rosettes to the state fair. A lot of our family likes to bake them because we are Norwegians. They are kind of like a funnel cake, but in a rose shape.”

Juhl, who has been a member of 4-H for the past five years said, “4-H is a good tool in developing leadership. I have met a lot of people in it and I enjoy 4-H a lot.”

Natalie Bork has a wall hanging and a picture chosen for the state fair. This year, her small zipper pouches were chosen.

Natalie’s pouches are sewn with two fabrics, an outer and an inner fabric, with a zipper. “My small pouches can hold things like lip gloss, tissues and other things women have in their purses,” she said. “You can use these pouches to organize a purse.” Natalie said she has been sewing since third grade. “I love to sew, it is fun.”

“I was surprised by 4-H,” Natalie said. “It’s different, but it’s fun.” She added she is looking forward to seeing her project at the state fair.

Natalie’s sister, Lauren, has had a wall hanging, a picture and a quilt at the state fair in previous years. This year, her queen-size quilt was chosen. “I just wanted to improve my sewing skills, so what better way than by sewing a quilt,” Lauren said. “I already had the kit at home so I choose to do a quilt. The hardest part of the project was making the blocks. It took me about two weeks to finish it.”

“4-H is a good tool for developing leadership,” Lauren said. “I’ve met a lot of people through it, and I enjoy it.”

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