Acaiya Schultz addresses a tough topic for students in her illustration talk “A Kid’s Worse Enemy… the Book Report.”

Do you know how to hypnotize a chicken? Do you know how many stages of sleep there are?  Are you familiar with the term “vaping”? If you were one of the privileged spectators at the recent 4-H Public Presentation Contest on July 11, you will know the answers to these questions. In an outstanding display of knowledge, 4-Hers wowed the judges and audience in the widest array of topics. Subjects on Thursday ranged from wool to vaping to cyberbullying to book reports to car maintenance!  It was an amazing testament to the talent and expertise of our 4-H youth.

Judging this wonderful event were Jennifer Larson of Mitchell and Cindy Larson of Woonsocket. Purple ribbons were awarded to all of these deserving 4-Hers: Xavier Baysinger – “Wool You Use My Fleece,” Hope Baysinger – “If You Love Me, Let Me Sleep!,” Brady Larson and Megan Linke – “Is It Worth It?,” Luke Larson – “Chicken Hypnosis,” Bryce Larson – “Cyberbullying… It Has To STOP!,” Brooklyn Larson – “Fire Smart,” Payton Uecker – “Sportsmanship – The Biggest Part of the Game,” McKenzie Uecker – “Camping Safety,” Bailey Feistner – “Adoption is the Best Option,” Acaiya Schultz – “A Kid’s Worse Enemy… the Book Report,” Lane Burkel – “Don’t Chase Rabbits!,” Ty Burkel – “How to Train Your Sheep,” Delaney Zoss – “4-H… A Road to Leadership Success,” Blake Howard – “Just Playing With Some Friends,” Erica Howard – “For the Love of the Children,” and Emily Ohlrogge – “Maintenance is Key.”

…Check out other photos of the event in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Have you ever thought about what your clothes say about you? Participating 4-Hers in the Fashion Revue Contest are given that chance to present themselves through clothing they have sewn or purchased.  The goal of this Youth-In-Action event is to develop an understanding of personal presentation in public situations with regards to clothing, accessories and grooming.

Eleven 4-Hers presented their best selves in 23 different outfits this past Tuesday, July 9, at the 4-H building in Forestburg.  Judging the event was Nancy Friske of Castlewood with help from her daughter, Jennifer Larson.  Purple ribbons were awarded to:

Alexis Kelly – Constructed (2), Selected Outfit (2); Hope Baysinger – Constructed, Selected Outfit (3); Bailey Feistner – Selected Outfit; Sophie Kelly – Constructed, Selected Outfit (2); Ty Burkel – Selected Outfit (2); Brooklyn Larson – Constructed; Ashlee Hanson – Constructed; Lane Burkel – Selected Outfit (2); Victoria Hoffman – Constructed; Miley Adams – Constructed;

Cloverbuds participating in the contest were: Anna Hunter – Constructed, Selected; Kaylee Adams – Constructed.

Following the Fashion Revue Contest, 4-Hers were also able to have their clothing judged on construction.  The following ribbons were awarded:

Purple: Hope Baysinger (4), Lane Burkel (2), Ty Burkel (2), Bailey Feistner, Ashlee Hanson, Victoria Hoffman, Alexis Kelly (3), Sophie Kelly (3);

Blue: Miley Adams, Ashlee Hanson, Alexis Kelly, Brooklyn Larson.

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

     The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Red Crew 4-H Club met on July 14 at the Community Center in Woonsocket.  

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Bailey Feistner. The Flag Pledge was led by Shiloh Senska, and the 4-H Pledge was led by Blake Larson. 

Roll call was led by Avery Miller with the topic, “What is a Project You Have Completed or in Process for Achievement Days?” which was answered by 24 members.  

The secretary’s report was read by Sutton Senska and approved as presented.

The treasurer’s report was presented by Treasurer Evan Ohlrogge. It was moved by Lane Burkel, seconded by Luke Larson, to approve the report.  Motion carried.

The group had reports on all the activities from the last two months, and they were presented as follows:  Horse Safety – Avery Miller, Soles4Souls – Megan Linke, 4-H/Farmers Union Day – Alex and Paige Anderson, Memorial Day Program – Trevor Johnson, Isaiah Schulz and Tyson Eddy, Special Foods Contest – Lane Burkel, Barn Quilt Project – Sutton Senska, Fashion Revue Contest – Ty Burkel, Public Speaking Contest – Ty and Lane Burkel, Acaiya Schulz, and Emily Ohlrogge, Fourth of July Parade – Acaiya Schulz, Poppies – Gavin Scofield, County Horse Show – Avery Miller and National 4-H Shoot – Evan Ohlrogge. 

For old business, the club noted that they need to schedule dates for a visit to the Wessington Springs nursing home and for the cleaning ditches project.

Under new business, members talked about Achievement Days. They can start registering projects anytime online. There are some big changes to the schedule including moving the BBQ from Saturday night to Friday night, along with Ag Olympics. The club will serve grilled burgers and hotdogs with SDSU ice cream for the Saturday noon meal, and will have the Parade of Purples during lunch.  Members reviewed all the changes and how it impacts the work schedule as well. Exhibits will be released, and participants will clean-up after the Senior Round Robin on Saturday. Every 4-H member who enters at least one exhibit will be entered in a drawing for $50. The drawing will be held when clean-up is complete and the member must be present to win.

Liz Brooks offered to have a project day on Saturday, July 20, so the group will work on a list of who is interested.

Following the meeting, Megan Linke presented a Character Activity about rising above the criticism in one’s life.  Blake Larson presented an illustrated talk about mounting deer antlers. Tyson Eddy gave an illustrated talk on making leather projects. Leader Lisa Snedeker served ice cream treats.  

The next meeting is planned for August after Achievement Days.

…See pictures of the meeting in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.