4-H

Sanborn County’s Evan Ohlrogge and Coaches Art and Audrey Kneen, and Jerauld County’s Katelin Deneke joined a busload of South Dakota 4-H members to attend the National 4-H Shooting competition June 24-29 in Grand Island, Neb.

As a result of his scores at the State 4-H Shoot in April, Evan was chosen to be on the four-person air pistol team from South Dakota. Katelin was chosen for South Dakota’s four-person hunting team. Other teams at the National Shoot were Air Rifle, 22 Rifle, 22 Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Recurve Archery and Compound Archery. Audrey Kneen was chosen to coach the Air Pistol team and Art Kneen was chosen as the coach for the Air Rifle team.

The group arrived in Grand Island on Sunday, June 24, and spent Monday with practice during the day and opening ceremonies that night. Competition began on Tuesday.  

…Read on and see pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

The 4-H Show Lamb Camp was held in Forestburg at the 4-H grounds, June 22-23. 

Thirty-two 4-H members, ages eight to fourteen from eight South Dakota counties attended, including Sanborn, Jerauld, Aurora, Brule, Beadle, Lincoln, Charles Mix, McCook, and even Marion, Kan. 

In 2015, Jerauld County hosted a similar camp, and it was time to bring another one to Sanborn County. The instructor for 2018 was Chad Charmasson, Hennessy, Okla., and his assistant Trey Bates, Texas. 

Charmasson is a former vocational agriculture instructor and has instructed show lamb camps across the United States. The Charmasson family raises club lambs in Hennessy.

The 4-H members who attended the two-day camp brought one to two lambs with them for hands-on training, which included: fitting, clipping and showmanship. 

“Having the one-on-one instruction was huge,” Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor said. “This was a family atmosphere camp. Youth were required to bring one parent with them so moms and dads learned right along with the kids.”

Each child received a camp T-shirt as well as Weaver Livestock products to help them prep their lamb projects. Meals were sponsored by Thrivent with water donated by Santel Communications. Thank you to the moms and grandmothers who helped with preparing a meal and making delicious snacks.

The event was held a month in advance of area Achievement Days and the South Dakota State Fair, providing youth with a great opportunity to practice and hone their skills before they need to appear in the show ring. 

“The one thing I can’t stress enough is, keep learning! Become a lifelong learner and mastery will find you,” said Scheel. 

“Any project in 4-H allows for youth to dig deeper and become more involved in the process.”

To learn more about how your youth can become involved in 4-H, visit iGrow.org or contact Scheel at audra.scheel@sdstate.edu.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Red Crew 4-H Club met on June 18 at the Community Center in Woonsocket. Prior to the meeting, they enjoyed supper served by the Linke family, Larson family, Hunter family and Jen Sandness.

The meeting was called to order by Megan Linke. The flag pledge was led by London Metzger, and the 4-H pledge was led by Morgan Schmiedt. Roll call was led by Vice President Xavier Baysinger with the topic, “Favorite summer activity” which was answered by 23 members.  

The secretary’s report was read by Spens Schlicht and approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given by Acaiya Schultz. The club received money from setting barrels, and approved paying bills.  

A health/safety report was given by Henry Hunter on how to get your horse into the trailer safely. A report was given by Alex Anderson on the state shoot. Myles Larson and Gavin Scofield told the group about handing out poppies and collecting donations for Veterans.  Isaiah and Elisha Schultz told everyone about the special foods contest. Lane Burkel and Hope Baysinger reported on their presentations at the 4-H/Farmers Union Camp day. Hope talked about the CDM judging/horticulture skillathon. Spens and Acaiya reported on setting barrels, and Henry told the club about the horse show. 

For old business, the club will need to reschedule their trip to visit McCrossan Boys Ranch and Air Madness sometime this fall. Their community service project to take the residents for a walk to and around the lake will be scheduled sometime in July.

For new business, the fashion revue and public speaking contests are coming up on July 16. They have a number of members who plan to participate. A work date needs to be scheduled to put together a new set of 4-H bleachers.

Cloverbud members and some of the 4-H members enjoyed experimenting with washable tattoos, led by Leader Jen Sandness.

Following the meeting, Alex Anderson gave a demonstration on making fun and healthy snacks. Leader Paula Linke led a judging activity where club members learned about beef and sheep parts identification for livestock judging. The meeting ended with some fun relay races.

The next meeting will be scheduled in July.

…See a picture in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.