A&L: A busy summer for county 4-Hers

There’s been a lot going on for Moffat County 4-H members lately, including an expo, state conference, and even the collection of cell phones.

And, on top of everything else, members are also starting to gear up for the county fair.

First of all, 10 Moffat County 4-H members attended the annual expo June 14 through 17 in Kremmling. (It was Grand County’s turn to host the event this year. Next year, the expo will be in Jackson County.)

In addition, all seven extension agents from participating counties were present to serve as superintendents during the event. Alisa Comstock attended from Moffat County.

During the expo, 4-H members attended educational activity workshops that were designed to teach them about their species of animals.

The workshops were conducted by the Northeastern Colorado College livestock judging team. Different species of animals were featured on different days, including: horses, dogs and livestock (beef, sheep, swine, goats, and poultry).

Following the workshops, members took a written test on basic species knowledge, were interviewed, and then groomed and showed their animals. Workshop attendance was required to be able to show animals. Awards were given in showing, interview, and written test. A Herdsman Award was also given to the member that was most helpful.

“Competition was not emphasized at the expo,” Comstock said. “The event was intended to be educational.”

Then, right after the expo, four 4-H members and Comstock headed for Colorado State University for the 2010 Colorado State 4-H Conference. The conference took place June 22 through 25.

In attendance were members Emily Wellman, Makayla Goodnow, Natasha Sloan, Karissa Maneotis, and Comstock.

Karissa, the district 11 president, attended as a member of the State Officer Team. Natasha, a shooting sports ambassador whose job it is to promote shooting sports throughout the state, attended special meetings with the shooting sports advisor during the conference.

And Emily and Makayla represented Moffat County as senators and were the only members who could cast votes for Moffat County in the election for state president and vice-president.

This year’s state conference theme was “Accept the Challenge,” and four workshops were designed to give 4-H members ideas for accepting challenges.

Participants rotated from one workshop to another over two days. For example, in the critical thinking category, Leon Quan revealed “The Secret of 20/20 Mindsight.”

This workshop explored the unique way everyone’s minds enable them to succeed. Attendees were “blown away to see a glimpse of their own brilliance,” one observer said.

Cara Filler’s workshop, “America’s Next Top Role Model,” was billed as “Project Runway Meets America’s Next Top Model with a twist.”

The workshop included training about being a role model, how to make a difference by doing the little things that count, and “how to walk the role model talk.” This was a leadership workshop.

For global service, Paul Gunther conducted “What is Living Love?”

He took the participants on a journey of discovery by exploring ideas and beliefs that shape our communities. Gunther has launched a movement that’s making a difference around the world.

Travis Hearn’s workshop was in the peak performance category. During “Living the Adventure,” he focused on performing at the peak of one’s capacity. Hearn serves as the team chaplain to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, as well as chapel leader for major and minor league baseball teams.

Besides attending these exciting workshops, some conference attendees participated in contests (such as livestock and horse judging, giving speeches, parliamentary procedure, and hippology) and others attended special meetings.

There were award programs, an election, banquet, County Dinner Night Out, and two dances, one which was a “100 Year Celebration! A Black and White Benefit,” celebrating Colorado 4-H’s 100th year.

Now that the 4-H conference is over, 4-H members have turned their attention to the upcoming Moffat County Fair.

On July 21, groups of 4-Hers will be visiting Craig businesses and talking to owners/managers about the fair events and the Junior Livestock Sale scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Livestock Barn.

As always, the barbecue will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

And 4-Hers would like everyone to know that they are collecting unwanted cell phones. There is a box in place at the extension office for the phones, so if you have a phone that doesn’t work or that you no longer want, please donate it.

You don’t need to donate the accessories — just the phone. Depending on the model and whether or not the phone works (and other factors), the 4-H program might just be able to “make a few bucks” from your donation.

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