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Two Local Girl Scouts to Receive Ohio State Fair Scholarships


Rhiannon and Caitlyn

Lima, OH — Rhiannon Ferkins (19) and Caitlyn DeLong (17) from Dola, OH, have been exhibiting projects at the Girl Scout booth during the Ohio State Fair since they were Daisies. After completing their freshman year of high school, they were selected as fair aides to help set up the Girl Scout booth and float for opening day and to assist exhibit judges.

“Each year there are more than 500 entries from Girl Scouts all across Ohio in fine arts, sewing, culinary, STEM, creative writing, and more,” said Ferkins. “The Girl Scouts have had a booth at the Ohio State Fair since 1955.”

Both Ferkins and DeLong were also selected to serve for two years on the Ohio State Junior Fair Board. DeLong is in her first year, and Ferkins is finishing out her second year. Junior Fair Board members work for the Ohio State Fair and live on the fairgrounds in dorms for the entire fair. They serve with Junior Fair Board members from Boy Scouts, Grange, 4H, Campfire, and FFA.

Each year the Ohio State Fair commissioners offer a Non-Livestock Fair scholarship to a member of a youth organization who exhibits at the fair. Ferkins, who now studies Digital Graphic Design at Columbus State Community College, is this year’s recipient. She will receive $1,000 and be honored at the Sale of Champions on the last day of the fair.

“Community involvement is an important factor in the fair scholarship application,” said Ferkins. “Thanks to Girl Scouts, I had a lot of Take Action projects to include.”

DeLong was selected to receive a one-time, $1,000 scholarship the commissioners offered in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. DeLong, who will be honored at the Girl Scouts awards program on the last day of the fair, is a high school senior and plans to attend The Ohio State University at Lima and major in radiology.

“I’m glad I stuck with Girl Scouts through high school,” said DeLong. “There’s so much you can do and so many more leadership opportunities. I would never have been on the Fair Board or getting this scholarship if not for Girl Scouts.”

The Ohio State Fair Scholarship Program recognizes the quality youth of Ohio and assists high school juniors, seniors, and graduates as they pursue undergraduate studies in any field. Scholarships are awarded to junior exhibitors, and applicants are judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, and County Fair participation.