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Milkshakes fuel Junior Fair Leaders

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    Medina County Junior Leaders served more than 9,000 milkshakes to fairgoers at this year's fair.

    LYDIA MAINZER / GAZETTE

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    Medina County Junior Leaders Jess Rennu, left, and Julia Suttman prepare milkshake cups at the fair.

    LYDIA MAINZER / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Medina County Junior Leaders sold upward of 9,000 milkshakes, the club’s sole fundraiser, at this year’s fair.

Patrick Caniglia, 18, of Liverpool Township, is a five-year member of the club.

“Junior Leaders is a branch that provides leadership skills and community service opportunities to older youth in 4-H,” he said.

Constantly striving to help others, Medina County Junior Leaders gave back to the community with their milkshake booth training day July 29. This allowed new members to practice making, serving and selling milkshakes before the fair actually started.

Judy Siman, one of the group’s six adult advisers, said nonprofit Feeding Medina County would receive $2,200 in milkshake proceeds.

“We wanted to continue last year’s theme of helping our community,” Siman said. “A Feeding Medina County representative came and spoke at our meeting, and we not only wanted to continue that relationship with them, we wanted to strengthen it.”

Ethan Andrews, 18, of Sharon Township, was a milkshake booth manager this year.

“It is a really hectic week, but it is also one of the most rewarding weeks. This is the club’s one fundraiser that we do that allows us to put a lot of effort into sponsoring other activities and organizations,” he said.

The club has sponsored numerous projects over the years including, but not limited to, a Feeding Medina County bench-making project, Cups Caf←’s Ride for Hunger, Outstanding Senior Breakfast held during the fair, and the Medina County fairgrounds beautification project. Members also sponsored the state dog show this year and participated in Medina’s Relay for Life.

The milkshake booth is run like a small business every year and was open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. fair week.

The 24-ounce milkshakes cost $4 and came in a variety of flavors. Peanut butter was a crowd pleaser this year.

Junior Leaders has about 40 members, ages 13-19, who come from 4-H clubs countywide.

In addition to Siman, Bonnie Gordon, Brittany Gordon, Susan Wright and John Lowe help advise the club and its members.

Medina County 4-H Extension educator Morgan Domokos helps oversee the group, which meets monthly to plan different community service and leadership opportunities.

Messages may be left for Lydia Mainzer at (330) 721-4060.


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