Cameron Barton Wins 4H Heritage Award at State Fair

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Twelve-year-old Cameron Barton has been working hard on her 4H project for the Kentucky State Fair.

Barton says: "A little over a year."

The Metcalfe County Middle School student is displaying a project on her family's genealogy.

Barton says: "I went to ancestry.com and signed up there and I got war records and wedding record. And I sent off to the Library of Congress and found all kinds of stuff."

Cameron's grandmother and great grandmother helped her with the project. It wasn't cheap either. Altogether it costs about $1700 to complete.

Barton says: "The embellishments, the scrapbooks, sending off to ancestry.com (it's $100 to sign up there), Library of Congress costs a lot of money, the stickers, the pictures, everything!"

She learned a lot about her family's roots while working on the project.

She says: "My great, great grandfather. And two of them were in the first battle of the Revolutionary War."

All of Cameron's hard work paid off in the end.

She says: "I got first in my class and first place. I'm excited. I didn't think I'd get very much, but when we came here and I looked at the book I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’”

Cameron is hoping to enter the project in other contests. If you are going to the state fair and would like to see her family tree, it's located in the West Wing of the Fair and Exposition Center. It's in the 4H section.


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