Local Mariah Canton garners impressive haul at the county fair
by Nathan Duckworth | Patterson Irrigator
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Mariah Canton spends time with her 9-year-old horse Triumph. Out of all of Mariah’s fair projects, whether through 4-H or just by herself, raising horses is her favorite. Mariah won six first place ribbons with Triumph, and for the last two years she has qualified to compete in the 4-H Horse Classic in Elk Grove.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Mariah Canton spends time with her 9-year-old horse Triumph. Out of all of Mariah’s fair projects, whether through 4-H or just by herself, raising horses is her favorite. Mariah won six first place ribbons with Triumph, and for the last two years she has qualified to compete in the 4-H Horse Classic in Elk Grove.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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Mariah Canton poses with her dog Jake, a rescue shepherd-border collie mix. Mariah and Jake won first place for showmanship in the in the novice dog category and third in intermediate at the Stanislaus County Fair.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Mariah Canton poses with her dog Jake, a rescue shepherd-border collie mix. Mariah and Jake won first place for showmanship in the in the novice dog category and third in intermediate at the Stanislaus County Fair.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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Mariah Canton showed a total of five guinea pigs at the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair, with one of them, Bronze, winning Best of Show for cavies. Pictured is Henry, a tortoiseshell and white American guinea pig.—Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Mariah Canton showed a total of five guinea pigs at the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair, with one of them, Bronze, winning Best of Show for cavies. Pictured is Henry, a tortoiseshell and white American guinea pig.—Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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Ember and James are American satin guinea pigs being bred by Mariah Canton. The former belongs to her, the latter is 4-H member Clairissa Mangal's.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Ember and James are American satin guinea pigs being bred by Mariah Canton. The former belongs to her, the latter is 4-H member Clairissa Mangal's.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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In addition to winning ribbons in multiple animal categories with 4-H, Mariah Canton individually entered and placed in a variety of art categories. Her handsewn owl won her first place in home arts (grades 6 through 8).—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
In addition to winning ribbons in multiple animal categories with 4-H, Mariah Canton individually entered and placed in a variety of art categories. Her handsewn owl won her first place in home arts (grades 6 through 8).—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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Mariah Canton's cake decorated in the style of a basket of flowers won Best of Show in the Stanislaus County Fair's beginning cake decorating category.—Photo courtesy Mariah Canton
Mariah Canton's cake decorated in the style of a basket of flowers won Best of Show in the Stanislaus County Fair's beginning cake decorating category.—Photo courtesy Mariah Canton
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Mariah Canton's favorite of her pictures is this award-winning one of her horse Triumph.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Mariah Canton's favorite of her pictures is this award-winning one of her horse Triumph.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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Pattersonite Mariah Canton brought home over 30 ribbons from this year’s Stanislaus County Fair across a variety of categories, including horse, cavy, dog and cake decorating through 4-H—on top of photography and fine arts and crafts, which she entered as an individual. An impressive amount of these ribbons were for first place.

“I have a lot of stuff that I do,” the 12 year old humbly said.

“A lot of the art that I entered I did at school, and I do like making art, but animals are really important to me as well.”

Mariah has been involved with 4-H for four years, and she started showing at the county fair three years ago. Three years is also the amount of time she has been in Troop 1515 in Turlock, whom she competed in Floriculture with at the 2013 fair. (Mariah lives in Patterson, but attends school at Turlock Christian.)

Out the categories in which she competes, Mariah’s enjoys working with horses the most. Her aptly-named horse Triumph placed twelve times across three different categories. Triumph’s performance in 4-H earned Mariah her second trip to the California 4-H Horse Classic in Elk Grove, where they again placed high, earning third in English Showmanship, among others.

“Horses are one of my passions,” Mariah said. “That’s probably my favorite project. But I also really enjoy cake decorating and cavies.”

This year was big for Mariah in the cavy group. She began showing in the cavy group last year, and has since used her two starter animals as a jumping off point for breeding. Mariah showed five cavies at the 2014 county fair, and her guinea pig Bronze won Best of Show.

“That’s the only project I do breeding in,” said Mariah when asked about her experiences with breeding animals. “That’s the only project that I do that’s actually based on the conformity of the animal and how good your animal is.”

In the cake decorating category, Mariah won Best of Show at the beginner level for her cake designed to look like a basket of flowers, complete with handle and weave. She also took in first place in the zucchini sub-category of horticulture, grades six through eight, for her six-plus pound vegetable.

When asked if she sees herself creating artwork and raising animals the rest of her life, Mariah simply said, “Yeah, probably.”

Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892 6187 ext. 24 or nathan@pattersonirrigator.com.
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