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East Hillsborough twirlers win big at state fair

PLANT CITY – Members of an East Hillsborough-based twirling group took three of the four top honors at a competition at the Florida State Fair.

Lynann Hudson, who leads the group with her mother Barbara Patrick, attributed the nearly clean sweep to “practice, practice practice.”

“They put a lot of hours into getting it right,” Hudson said.

Members of Patrick’s Patriots won in every category except novice.

The group’s winners included:

• Amber Boykin of Thonotosassa, an eighth-grader at Shiloh Charter School in Plant City, won the Beginner Twirl-Off Championship

• Brittany Nesbitt of Plant City, a Plant City High School junior, won the Intermediate Twirl-Off Championship

• Morgan Boykin of Thonotosassa, the featured twirler at the University of South Florida, won the Advance Twirl-Off Championship.

Hudson said Boykin has won all four divisions over the years, starting with novice. This is at least the second year Boykin took the advanced division, Hudson said.

More than 100 twirlers from as far south as Naples and as far north as Waycross, Ga., competed in the Feb. 15 contest, Hudson said.

Barbara Patrick, who has been teaching twirling more than 50 years, founded the Florida State Fair competition about 10 years ago.

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