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Tommy Dell of Westminster downed a can of root beer late Wednesday afternoon while filling a bucket of water for his dairy steer.

Keeping cool in the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fair here was tough last week.

The competition was hot, too, but Carroll 4-H'ers sweated it out to win a number of grand champion awards.

Dell, 17, had the grand champion dairy steer. His friend, Paul Smith, 14, of New Windsor, hadthe reserve grand champion dairy steer.

In another stall at the Cow Palace, Marie Speak, 16, of Taneytown, was tending to her cows. She won three top honors -- reserve grand champion Brown Swiss, reservesenior champion Brown Swiss and junior champion milking shorthorn.

This was the first year she'd won at the state fair, she said. She'll stay at the fair until tomorrow before returning to school on Tuesday.

"I'll be walking like a zombie," Speak said. "It takes a weekto recuperate from a week at the fair."

About 200 Carroll 4-H'ers, many of them champions at the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair a month ago, took exhibits to the state fair, which runs through tomorrow.

Monica Feeser, 15, of Taneytown, won four high honors -- grand champion market hog, reserve champion market hog, reserve champion Angus and reserve champion shorthorn.

A low point at the fair occurred Tuesday night when Feeser and two other county women were injured when ateam of draft horses bolted after the 4-H Parade of Champions.

Margaret Smith, a 4-H volunteer from New Windsor, was the most seriously injured, sustaining fractures to her right leg and arm, and was treated at the Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. She was in serious, but stable condition Friday.

Becky Geiman, a volunteer from Deep Run, and Feeser were treated forminor injuries at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and released.

Becky Geiman's sons, Heath and Aaron, were top winners with theirsheep. Heath, 18, won grand champion market lamb, and Aaron, 16, wonreserve grand champion market lamb.

Other winners included JustinWildesen, 16, of Uniontown, for reserve champion shorthorn; Kristin Myers, 10, of New Windsor for junior champion fitting and showing Holstein; Kelly Myers, 13, of New Windsor for grand champion Holstein, senior champion Holstein and reserve junior champion Holstein.

Bryan Harris, 15, of Westminster, won grand champion LaMancha goat and senior champion LaMancha; Chris DeGasperi, 15, of Westminster, won junior champion LaMancha; and Russell Martin, 17, of Millers won senior champion Ayrshire and reserve grand champion Ayrshire.

In the 4-H horse and pony western junior competition, Jason Wiles, 10, of Westminster, won the grand champion gelding, grand champion mare and junior champion grooming and showing.

The county also had four champions in indoor exhibits.

Bryan Harris won champion welding exhibit for a tree trunk project. Ashley Bair, 16, of Westminster, won champion for her "learn-and-earn" project on topiary.

Keith Dutterer, 10, ofWestminster, won champion food preparation exhibit in the junior division for his lemon sponge cake. Amanda Boyd, 11, of Westminster, wonreserve champion vegetable exhibit for a pumpkin.

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