A&L: Achievement Night a celebration, look ahead

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Diane Prather

Moffat County 4-H Agent Alisa Comstock said the annual Achievement Night “recognizes the accomplishments of 4-H members and the 4-H program for the previous (ending) year.”

In addition to being a year-end event, the 2010 Achievement Night, scheduled for Nov. 5 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, will celebrate Colorado 4-H’s 100th birthday.

All year, Colorado 4-H clubs have been carrying out special activities to celebrate the 4-H centennial.

“Logan,” Colorado’s official 4-H centennial bear, has been at the center of the events. The white toy bear wears a tag that reads, “100 years of 4-H: Corn to Computers.”

Logan got his name from Logan County, where the first Colorado 4-H club is thought to have originated.

So this year, an extra special Achievement Night has been planned.

After all, it’s the last chance to celebrate the 100 years. The night will begin at 6 p.m., with a slide show that will present “over the years in Moffat County 4-H.”

The 4-H council, using photos submitted by local clubs and individuals, put the show together.

The awards presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn who has been chosen as outstanding leaders and outstanding 4-H members of the year.

Fashion Revue awards, clothing construction, outstanding general projects, shooting sports, best photo and best kept dog, horse and livestock record book awards will be given. And, there’s a lot more.

Some of the livestock, dog and horse awards are chosen from several criteria that include: placing at the fair, record books, rate of gain, carcass contest results and others — even interviews. These awards based on total points are “big deals.”

Examples of the awards include: producer’s choice (sheep); breeding awards; supreme market lamb, beef, goat and swine; and outstanding exhibitors in various categories.

The Herdsman Award, Outstanding Angus Exhibitor and Homegrown Steer awards, all based on certain criteria, will also be presented.

Local clubs will be recognized for community pride and club completion, and local club secretary/treasurer book awards will be handed out.

Members who completed a project will receive certificates. Picture plaques (framed pictures) taken of grand champions during the fair, including those for general projects at Completion Day, can be picked up then.

A special “Wow Award” is new to this year’s Achievement Night. Established by Alisa Comstock, this fun award was designed to recognize five 4-H members who “knocked Comstock’s socks off “ with their sportsmanship, she said.

Something else that’s new to Moffat County is sure to be announced during the Achievement Night festivities. It’s a “Wall of Fame” that will be constructed on a section of a front wall in the extension office. This “Wall of Fame” will be used for pictures and perpetual plaques that will honor outstanding 4-H members and leaders, council members, and much more.

Achievement Night not only marks the end of the current year, but also the beginning of the next.

“Right after Achievement Night we get ready to start next year’s enrollment,” Comstock said.

During the awards presentation, 4-H Council officers for the 2011 year will be installed.

Karissa Maneotis will be recognized for being elected District 11 president, placing her on the State Officers Team. And, fair royalty (queens and attendants) for the 2010 Moffat County Fair will be recognized.

Following the awards presentation, Achievement Night attendees will take a “cookie break” while chairs are cleared. A dance will follow.

During the dance, kids will also get to participate in a fun workshop. They’ll learn to make creations from duct tape. Imagine making such items as wallets, purses, flip flops, belts, skirts, flowers and more, all from duct tape.

Achievement Night is a celebration of the previous year and a start on the next.

A story about the Achievement Night award recipients will follow in about two weeks.

Copyright Diane Prather, 2010

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