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This crocheted hat took a second place ribbon at the Western Montana Fair.

The ribbons Linda Cobban won at the Western Montana Fair this year are especially inspirational to one judge.

Cobban and her husband are mentally and physically disabled, a fair judge said Wednesday. They cannot walk without the aid of their motorized chairs.

This year, Cobban was very proud to crochet a colorful striped hat and make a monkey latch-hook wall-hanging. Creating the pieces took a lot of time for Cobban, and a lot of concentration.

She decided to submit them to a fair competition, entering them earlier this month. She left very quickly.

“She was so excited,” said Sheena Loughman, one of the judges. “It was just adorable.”

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Every year, the fair has judging and competitions. And each year the judges make a connection with the pieces and their owners. This year, the judges made a very special connection with Cobban and her crafts.

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When Cobban came back with her husband to see how she had done, she squealed with happiness to see that she had won first and second place with her pieces.

“They’re both just smiling,” said Loughman. “They were just beaming.”

Now Cobban has winning ribbons that she can share with everyone.

“I think it’s just great, things like that,” said Loughman. “It means anybody can make literally anything.”

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