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First Posted: 2:39 pm - June 18th, 2015

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Job seekers meet with potential employers.

Trace Swann, Gregory Glisson and Vinson Beaver, members of the Griffins Robotics Team and the robot Ira were present. Ira was designed for competition in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Competitors David Brown and Dr. Robbie Chappell stand near the grill.

Naomi Mullen descends the water slide.

Peaches cools down on the water slide.

Robyn Owens holds a piglet she plans to bottle feed.

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County residents gathered to raise money for Fairfield County Animal Adoption Center and meet with employers at Midlands Technical College Career Fair.

Midlands Technical College President Ronald Rhames said he was pleased with the event. “The turn out has been good,” Rhames said.

He said it is always good to see the community engage with Midlands Technical College in a positive way. The career fair allowed job seekers to meet possible employers, and participate in professional workshops.

“We’ve been pleased,” Rhames said. “It’s been good.”

One group at the Career Fair was more interested in showing off the work they’ve already done than looking toward future work.

The Griffins Robotics Team and the robot Ira were present. Ira was designed for competition in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

“We compete in the FRC,” said Trace Swann, who will be head programmer and robot designer for the team. “This is our second year, we had six weeks to build and program a robot.”

This year, teams were tasked with building a robot capable of lifting shipping containers.

Coach Jane Wilson and Shawn Drake, scholarship coordinator, both expressed pride in the robotics team’s accomplishments.

The career fair was coordinated with a barbecue fundraiser for the Fairfield County Animal Adoption Center.

David Brown, animal control officer, and Dr. David Chappell made a combined 340 pounds of competing barbecue.

Brown magnanimously conceded defeat to Chappell.

“He said he’s coming for blood this year,” Brown said.

Chappell said after losing last year’s inaugural barbecue cook-off fundraiser, he put extra effort into this year’s batch of barbecue.

“I special raised my hog for this year,” Chappell said.

Proceeds raised by the cook-off go toward the adoption center’s spaying and neutering programs. The adoption center also offered other food, refreshments and services to attendees.

“We’ve got hot dogs and baked beans, and Dr. Chappell is doing vaccinations for rabies,” Brown said.

Chappell estimated 30 pets had been vaccinated for rabies during the event.

Both the career fair and the fundraiser offered opportunities for fun for both people and their four-legged friends.

The career fair included bingo and drawings for door prizes donated by Fairfield County Liaison’s Office, and the fundraiser included a water slide, which was enjoyed by children and a dog.

The dog, Peaches, was adopted from Fairfield County Adoption Center last summer and delighted children with her love of water.

Patricia Walker said she was surprised to see how eager her pet was to dip her paws in the water slide’s reservoir, but noted the dog doesn’t fight when its bath time.

“Peaches came from the adoption center in October,” Walker said. “This is our first summer with her.”

Contact the Fairfield County Animal Adoption Center at 803-815-0805 for more information.

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