Above: Ashlee Zschoche. “The Evening Tribune”: photo

From “The Evening Tribune” (Hornell, NY)

Ashlee Zschoche was feeling at least a little nostalgic Tuesday at the Steuben County Fair in Bath.

The 19-year-old 4-H’er from Howard is showing animals for her 13th and final time at this county fair, the historic 200th year in the event’s storied history.

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Zschoche got off to a great start on the fair’s first day of animal judging, winning the Master Showman blue ribbon in the 4-H Cavy Show and Showmanship with her guinea pig named Korbin. Cavy refers to any of 14 species of South American rodents composed of guinea pigs, maras, yellow-toothed cavies, mountain cavies, and rock cavies.

Zschoche reflected on her 4-H career while cradling Korbin, a senior division guinea pig who is about 3 years old.

“It has taken years of hard work,” she said of Tuesday’s Master Showman blue ribbon in the Cavy Show.

Zschoche added, “You have to show the judge that you know what you are looking for, diseases wise. For ears, you want to look for stuff like ear mites. For teeth, chipped or broken teeth.”

“4-H has done a lot for me over the years,” Zschoche said. “It has taught me leadership, it’s taught me responsibility. I have gotten to know so many different people and had so many new opportunities.”

Click here to read the full story as it appeared in the 08/14/19 edition of “The Evening Tribune”. Congratulations Ashlee!