This is the time of year that 4-H members are competing in district competitions and getting ready for state competitions that occur during the summer. Over the next several months, watch the 4-H News for results from these events and join me in congratulating the youth for their accomplishments.
On May 9, 10 Washington County 4-H members participated in the Lincoln Trail 4-H Rally Day. 4-Hers from the eight LTA counties competed either in the Communications events (speech and demonstrations) or Fashion Revue and the winners of the 4-H Poster Contest were also on display.
Three of the Washington Co. 4-H members modeled their sewing projects they completed this spring in the district Fashion Revue. In Unit 1, Gwendolyn Campbell received a blue ribbon and in Unit 2, Jenny Begley won reserve champion and Mary Beth Begley received a blue ribbon. Gwendolyn is a fifth grader at WCES and Jenny and Mary Beth are fifth graders at St. Dominic Elementary. Check out their photo in this week’s paper. Congratulations to each for representing Washington County.
In the LTA Rally Day Communications events, Washington County had seven participants. In the 9-year-old category, Emily Cox, a fourth grader at North Washington Elementary won champion. In the 10-year-old category, Brittany Greenwell, a fifth grader at Washington Co. Elementary won champion. In the 11-year-old category, JT Isaacs , a sixth grader at St. Dominic won reserve champion. Winning reserve champion in the 12-year-old category was Katherine Griffitts, a seventh grader from St. Dominic. The 13-year-old reserve champion was Amelia Hilton, an eighth grader at North Washington Elementary. Winning reserve champion in the 14-year-old category was Autumn Hood, an eighth grader at St. Dominic. Brittany Wells won Champion in the 17-18-year-old division and is a senior at Washington Co. High School. The three champions will now advance to the State 4-H Communications Day that will be July 11 on the University of Kentucky campus. The photos for the 4-H Talk Meet participants will be featured in next week’s Springfield Sun. Congratulations to each for their accomplishments.
LTA DISTRICT BEEF SHOW
The livestock show season is here and four Washington County 4-H and FFA members participated in the LTA District Beef Show held on May 16th at the Nelson County Fairgrounds in Bardstown. 4-H sister and brother team, Emilee Grave and Jacob Graves show Simmental cattleand had a successful day on Saturday. Emilee was awarded champion in her Showmanship age division. This class is judged on how well the youth presents and shows their animal. Emilee also won champion with her three heifers she showed and Jacob made it a clean sweep, winning with his young Simmental heifer. Emilee went on to win Grand and Reserve Champion Simmental, Grand and Reserve Bred and Owned Simmental and then won Supreme Champion Bred and Owned.
FFA sister and brother team, Nicole and Josh Wheatley also had a very successful day with their Angus heifers. Josh won second place in a tough 17 and older Senior Showmanship class. In their cattle classes, Nicole won secondand Josh won first, second, third and fourth places.
Congratulations to each for kicking off the livestock show season in a great way.
The 4-H Young Riders May meeting and cookout has been changed to Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m. at Idle Hour Park. Members will be planning their horse and pony rides for the Salt River RECC Annual meeting on June 1 and their participation in the State 4-H Horse Events coming up later in June. Watch soon for results from the District 5 4-H Horse Show scheduled for May 23 and 24 at the Casey Co. Fairgrounds. Washington County will have 12 youth participating in this event that is a qualifier for the State 4-H Horse Show. The Young Riders are also scheduled to perform their winning club act at Renfro Valley on Saturday, May 30.
Each year Washington County 4-H takes a 4-H Awards Trip for the students who have achieved during the 4-H Talk Meet program held at each school. Those winning champion, reserve champion, honorable mention and luck blue are invited on the trip to Kentucky Kingdom along with a guest. The registration fee is based according to the student’s achievement in the program with the Washington Co. 4-H Council picking the remainder of the cost.
This year’s trip will be on Wednesday, June 3. The deadline for registration is May 28. Letters have already been sent to those eligible for the trip. If anyone who did not receive a letter and feels they are eligible for the trip, should contact the extension office at 336-7741 prior to May 28.