By Art Hunter
Jon Carpenter, of Blowville in Jackson Township, has won the 2013 Clermont County Fairbook Cover Contest.
Carpenter designed the cover to reflect the theme of the 2013 Clermont County Fair: “There’s magic at the Clermont County Fair.”
His cover features a close-up photograph of a rooster crowing the fair’s theme.
Carpenter is no stranger to the fair book cover contest, having won in 2010 and 2012. But he’s not a professional artist. He is a bridge inspector with the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, and said designing is a hobby.
“The fair is a big deal for me, that’s why I do it, I like it,” Carpenter said. “With my strong background with the fair, I get a feeling of what I want to cover to look like.”
As a youngster Carpenter was a member of the Maple Rey Milk and More 4-H Club, and showed many types of animals over the years. He was fair king in 1991.
Five of Carpenter’s six children are now 4-H members and show projects at the fair each year.