"My family is very supportive of my being in 4-H," VanHorn, 16, said about her own cheering section in the crowd at the Consumer Clothing Fashion Revue Sunday night, where she won the Grand Champion trophy for the third year in a row. "I have about 20 members of my family that have been involved in 4-H one way or another, as a parent of a member or participating themselves, over the years. My mother, she's done about everything you can do in 4-H."
The daughter of Terry and Laura VanHorn, Hannah has been in 4-H for eight years and is very busy during this year's fair. Along with competing in the fashion revue and as a queen candidate, she has prepared a rabbit poster, participated in the health division and will show sheep and rabbits.
"It gets very hectic at times," VanHorn said. "I was running tonight from the rabbit exhibit to get here on time and change out of my blue jeans, T-shirt and tennis shoes to get ready for the revue. I already had my hair done because I knew it was going to be crazy to get over here and get ready on time."
Participating in 4-H is a way to learn new things, according to VanHorn, who says the experience of competition is priceless.
"You really learn lessons about life when you participate in 4-H. No matter what you do or get involved with its always fun," VanHorn said. "A large part of life is about competition and being in 4-H teaches you how to deal with competition by working towards a goal and then how to win and lose with grace."