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Sisters are standouts at Pa. Farm Show

January 23, 2006|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

For the second time, a local family searched through the Family Living display at the Pennsylvania Farm Show for their daughters' entries and found one of them in the Best of Show display.

Amy and Amber Crider attended the 90th annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., last week with their parents, J. Arlan and Kathy Crider of Chambersburg, and sister Andrea, 9.

"We were looking everywhere for the painting," said Amy, 15. "And we couldn't find it, then we found it at the Best of Show display. I was so shocked. Wow. There wasn't anything to say."

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Her depiction of a stark, bare tree in front of a full moon took first place in the "Painting, 13 to 18 years" class, then was named Best of Show.

Amy created the painting in Kevin Rice's eighth-grade art class at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School last year.

"Amy is self-directed in her work," Rice said. "I let some of the more-talented students do some acrylic painting on their own. They chose the subject matter, showed me their sketch, and I gave them some pointers along the way. The rest was up to them. I was impressed with her ability to work independently."

Told that Amy's work in his class had won high honors, Rice was pleased.

"Even if you believe in a piece yourself, that doesn't mean other people are going to see it the same way," he said. "Verification through an art show is an added bonus on top of liking it yourself."

The tree is one of only two paintings Amy has ever done, although she likes to sketch. A pencil drawing of hers received a first-place ribbon at Farm Show last year.

Another school project, a toolbox she made in Tech Ed, placed first in 4-H Construction Art. The dark green toolbox is made of sheet metal which she cut and welded.

Amber, 12, a Greencastle-Antrim Middle School seventh-grader, placed first in the "Youth Craft-Hand-Knitted" category with a nubby, pull-on hat she made in two days on a Knifty-Knitter loom.

"I made it because I like the yarn" she said.

She is working on a pink sheet-metal toolbox at school and plans to enter it in next year's Farm Show.

This is the fourth year the sisters have entered items in the Farm Show, many of them 4-H projects. Amy's white doll rocker received Best of Show two years ago.

"We looked and looked that year, too," Arlan Crider said.

Both teens are honor roll students. Amy plays clarinet in county band and chorus, and Amber plays flute in the middle school band. She also plays softball.

All three Crider sisters play the piano, and all are in Grandma B's 4-H Club, where cake decorating and crafts are the main activities.

Amber said she prefers crafts to cake decorating.

"You can pick what you want to do in the club," she said.

Andrea, a third-grader at Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School, is working on cake decorating, and recently made a frog cake. She likes gym and reading, and plans to be in field band when she's older.

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