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Resident wins at fair for puzzle

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Jo Walker stands with her puzzle and the ribbon she received as a participant in the Clay County 4-H Fair Open Class division. This was Jo's first year participating in the Fair. [Order this photo]
Clay County resident Jo Walker, 48, entered the Clay County 4-H Fair last week without even realizing it.

Walker, born mentally handicapped, is an avid fan of puzzles, and when her sister Susie Treash learned of the open class category at the Clay County 4-H Fair, she and her mother Linda Walker knew it would be a great opportunity to enter one of Jo's puzzles.

"Jo has loved doing puzzles her whole life," Treash said. "She's done thousands of them, ranging from 24 pieces to one thousand pieces."

Linda said Jo wasn't expected to live past age 7. But Jo has far surpassed that. She is a seven-year colon cancer survivor, and during her youth she participated in the Special Olympics. But since then, Jo hasn't had the opportunity to enter many contests or events.

"This is what 4-H is about," Treash said, "giving people opportunities to show what they've done and win a ribbon."

Treash said the 4-H judges were very impressed with Jo's puzzle and awarded her a blue ribbon for the piece she'd submitted.

"I hope this encourages other people with handicaps to enter 4-H categories," said Treash. "It really gives the participant a great feeling to be a part of something and win a ribbon in the end."

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Way to go Jo! You are an inspiration! And your puzzle is awesome! :)

-- Posted by Moon on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 7:53 AM

BEAUTIFUL puzzle! Congratulations! :)

-- Posted by clgruener on Fri, Jul 27, 2012, at 9:12 AM

Beautiful job, Jo!! Mrs. Lucas

-- Posted by teachvlucas on Sat, Jul 28, 2012, at 1:14 PM

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