A&L: Finishing up projects

There are still some final stitches to put on clothing and needlework projects and a few more photos to put in the photography books.

There are still choices to make about the color of lettering to put on display boards. Woodworking and leathercraft projects are being finished up, and model rockets are tested.

Shooting sports competitions are winding down, but exhibit displays still have to be finished. And always, there are record books to do.

All of this and a whole lot more as 4-H members finish up their projects for judging at 4-H Completion Day, scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds grandstand display area.

Among the General Division 4-H projects are those in the following sections: animal science, biological science, mechanical sciences, natural resources, communication, arts, leisure science, and consumer science.

Moffat County 4-H members have worked on their projects all year, attending project meetings, doing research, and practicing skills connected to their projects. And now it’s time to show what they’ve learned.

For example, Crystal Green, the 13-year-old daughter of Craig residents Bill and Julie Green, is out-of-town this week, but she took her quilting sampler with her so she could finish up the binding.

She’s also “jotting down things in her record book.”

The quilting project requires two finished items for exhibit, so Crystal has sewn the sampler and a pillow sham.

A sixth year 4-H member, Crystal is also enrolled in Foreign Cookery, which requires members to choose a country or ethnic group and to research its customs and foods. One of the foods is to be exhibited, so Crystal chose India as her country, and she will bake either bread or cookies the day or night before Completion Day.

Erica and Allie Dilldine, daughters of Kandee Dilldine, are also enrolled in Foreign Cookery. Erica is in her fifth year in the project. She explained that part of the project is cooking a three-course meal from recipes of the chosen country.

Her chosen country is Indonesia. Erica has not decided whether she will bake cookies or bread for exhibit yet.

Foreign Cookery is Erica’s “thing,” she said.

Her Foreign Cookery project has gone to the state fair every year but one.

Allie Dilldine, 11, is in her fourth year of Foreign Cookery. Her chosen country is Madagascar. Breads and cookies aren’t really representative of that country, so Allie is thinking of exhibiting a canned fruit salad.

Allie is also enrolled in Cake Decorating for the fourth year. She said that she enjoys this project more than Foreign Cookery because it’s more creative. She has won the state fair with her Cake Decorating entries.

Jaycee Prather, son of Jody and Cindy Prather, of Craig, is a second year 4-H member. This year, he’s enrolled in level 1A Focus of Photography. For his exhibit, Jaycee is completing a book of photos that includes examples of photography mistakes and others showing how the mistakes can be corrected.

Jaycee has taken more than 500 photos during his project, and more than 80 were taken at the Maybell Horse Drive. A favorite photograph will make up the cover of his book, and Jaycee has yet to decide between two photographs. It might be one of a hyperactive domesticated cat that was hard to “take” or one of a cow camp cabin.

Mark Nava, who will turn 12 next month, is enrolled in Unit 4 Entomology. The son of Santos and Kirsten Nava, Mark has added a second box of insects to his project this year. This year, he needs a total of 100 to 200 insects, and he already has 90.

This is also Mark’s third year in Shooting Sports. Besides shooting competitions, 4-Hers have to exhibit projects at Completion Day. Mark is making a cover for a shooting roll — a mat to lie on while shooting. He will sew the canvas cover using a sewing machine.

Also completing Shooting Sports are Lane, Mark, and Curtis Tuck, sons of Joel and Danyel Tuck, of Elk Springs. Their shooting activities are supported by the Bears Ears Shooting Range.

Ten-year-old Lane is in his second year in the project. He is still working to finish a shooting block made of wood that will hold all 10 shells used to compete in .22 competition.

Curtis, age 15, is in his 6th year in the project. He’s making a cowhide rifle sling that he’ll cut and then sew by hand. And 17-year-old Mark is making a portable shooting bench that can be taken apart, carried in his truck, and then put together again for shooting competition.

Mark is in his seventh year in 4-H.

Dakota Lee, a member of the Sharp Shooters Club and the daughter of Jody and Red Lee (also leaders of the club), is in her eighth year in Shooting Sports. This year, she’s making a backer for air pistol competition, with a sheet of metal in the back and cardboard in the front. Dakota is also completing a lot of records, since she competes in several shooting sports.

Dakota said that combined with livestock record books, she’s doing a lot of book work.

Dakota’s sister, Austin, was attending class at the time this story was put together, but Dakota reported that 15-year-old Austin is preparing a Shooting Sports display on “How Safe Are You Really?”

According to Dakota, it will address just how safe prescription glasses are compared to safety glasses during shooting competitions.

Completion Day projects must be entered by 9 a.m. Tuesday. They will be judged that day, and members will participate in an interview with the judge.

Members will learn the results of judging Aug. 10, when the grandstand area will be open to public viewing. Except for the state fair, it will mark the end of General Projects for 4-Hers.

Lane Tuck summed it up. In speaking about Shooting Sports, he said, “Everybody had a good time.”

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