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Chestatee Homemakers members Ann Jett, left, and Jo Ann Martin competed in this year’s Cumming Country Fair & Festival baking and canning preserves contests. - photo by Photo/Submitted
Forsyth County resident Ann Jett managed to rack up an awful lot of first, second and third place ribbons at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival’s 4-H baking and canning contests.

“I’ve got a whole drawer full of ribbons,” said Jett, who this year took home 15 total ribbons including first place for her relish, chow chow, hot pepper jelly, soup mixture and salsa. “I just love to be a part of the contest.”

It appears Jett’s no stranger to victory at the annual event.

A longtime Forsyth County resident, Jett is president of the Chestatee Homemakers, a local organization that meets at 10 a.m. every third Wednesday of the month in a clubhouse next to Chestatee Elementary School.

Fellow Chestatee Homemaker member Jo Ann Martin took home a few blue ribbons herself, but she donated them to the club.

The club has 35 members, and Jett said the main objective is to provide food and help for needy families.

Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Agent Michelle Melton, who volunteered at the 4-H booth at the fair, said the food contests had “a ton of participants this year. More than we usually have for our exhibits.”

She added that Jett’s accomplishment was no small one. “She definitely racked up the most ribbons of all the participants. She did great. Just great.”

Melton said the chief objective of the 4-H Club exhibits at the fair is getting people involved and “getting them trying new stuff they’ve never tried.”

Also at the organization’s booth this year were the results of the 4-H photo competition as well as the baking and canning contests that both club members and adults could enter.

Forsyth County has more than 1,600 4-H members from the fifth through 12th grades. In 2007, more than 200,000 young people participated in Georgia 4-H programs.

Among the Forsyth County 4-H activities in the past year were collecting soft drink tabs for Ronald McDonald House and helping with Christmas tree recycling.