LIMA — Hunter and Painter Drury are fraternal twins who attend Shawnee Middle School. The 12-year-olds have been very active in 4-H and have shown their projects at the Allen County Fair in Lima and at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.
This is only their second year in 4-H, but they have already embraced the organization.
“I love going to the fair every year with my grandma, and I always thought it would be interesting to bring an animal to the fair and win money from it,” said Painter.
He’s competed at the Ohio State Fair twice.
“I received an award for being in the top 20 percent in the state for Quick Breads. This year I won for Yeast Breads. This year, I went for robotics and went to state and won an outstanding award,” he said.
He’s also enjoying showing chickens at the Allen County Fair this week.
“All I’m showing this week is meat chickens and I just got 7th place. I did pretty good. That’s the best place I’ve ever placed,” he said.
Painter Drury is hoping to become an engineer in the future, “an aerospace engineer or one that builds robots. This year, the reason I chose Robotics 1 was because I love playing with Legos and you can build your own robot and do a series of tasks,” he said.
Hunter Drury would like to become a pediatric surgeon. He also loves 4-H. Along with showing meat chickens, like his twin brother, he also branched out into other areas.
“It’s so much fun just doing these topics of interest, like I usually do a health one and then bees. I’ve always wanted to be in the pediatric field and I always love learning all about health, so this year, I did ‘Truth About Tobacco,’ so instead of just learning the procedures or things about your body or anatomy, I learned what things can be harmful to your anatomy. Then for bees, I’m a beekeeper. I have four hives right now and it’s so much fun taking care of the bees, learning more about them. Definitely tasting the honey is fun and it’s very good, but it’s a very fun learning experience,” said Hunter.
Both Hunter and Painter and inseparable.
“We have a lot of fun together. We do everything together. When we go to birthday parties, it’s not just one of us — it has to be both of us, and we usually go to a friend’s house. We have the same friends. We do the same stuff. We have the same classes and we do all of the same sports together. So, yeah, we’re pretty close,” Hunter added.
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