4-H in the Fall

— Written By and last updated by Margaret Green

If you thought 4-H was busy only in the summer time, think again. Franklin County 4-H’ers have been very busy gearing up for different events and competitions. Our most recent events and competitions include State 4-H Shooting Sports, practice for National 4-H Poultry Judging, showing in the Four County 4-H Livestock Show, preparing for the Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale, and practicing and competing at the NC State Fair.

Youth from the Franklin County 4-H Sharp Shooters Club competed on the district level in August and qualified to compete on the State level in September. The group brought home many awards including; Anthony Matula 4th place in recurve bow, Junior air rifle team got second place, Meghan Taylor overall high shooter for the juniors both in the team competitors and the individual shooters. In addition to the state tournament, three youth were selected to try out for the NC 4-H shooting team to represent NC at the National competition in Nebraska in 2015. The three youth that qualified and were selected to compete in the air rifle division are: Jessica Kreger, Charlie Poli, and Dustin Best. Congratulations to the whole club on a wonderful competition and congratulations to the three heading to Nationals.

Two other Franklin County 4-H’ers are gearing up for a National competition in November in Louisville, KY. Joey Moore and Taylor Farley will be representing NC at the National 4-H Poultry Judging Competition. These two youth are no strangers to poultry competitions. Last year their team was selected to attend the National 4-H Avian Bowl. These youth practice at least two times a week in preparation for competition. We wish these youth the best and we hope they have an amazing experience.

The Four County 4-H Livestock Show was held on Friday, September 12th in Granville County at the Granville County Expo Center. Franklin County had 19 4-H’ers participate and a total of 32 youth from four counties. I’m pleased to announce that Franklin County 4-H’ers won the following awards: Joey Moore-Grand Champion Meat Goat Breeding Doe, Grand Champion Market Goat and Grand Champion Market Lamb, Taylor Farley-Reserve Champion Meat Goat Breeding Doe and Reserve Champion Market Goat, Stevie Huss-Reserve Champion Market Lamb, Jake Moore-Grand and Reserve Champion Wool Sheep, and Hope Latta-Reserve Champion Beef Heifer. All youth did an outstanding job with their animals and all youth have a wonderful sense of sportsmanship. Youth who show are also required to keep barn records and project books on their animals in an effort to teach responsibility and increase their knowledge of their animals. We would love to see our livestock program grow.

One of our upcoming events is called the Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale. In this program youth sign up in March to receive 10 poults (baby chickens) to raise from May to November. During this time youth are encourage to manage records as to what they are feeding their birds and the amount. Youth are required to turn in a Poultry Project Record Book about their experience. Youth will bring three of their best chickens to the show and sale on Thursday, November 13th in Warren County at the Lion’s Den (Warren County Fairgrounds). This event is open to the public. The birds are judged and then the youth are judged on showmanship, which tests the youth’s knowledge of their birds. After the judging, the auction will begin. Again this auction is open to the public for interested buyers to purchase 4-H chickens. The breeds that will be auctioned off this year are Buff Orpingtons and Araucanas. The show will begin at 4:15 p.m. with the auction following. We wish our 19 4-H’ers from Franklin County the best of luck. We have a total of 38 youth participating from three counties this year.

Our most recent event that just occurred was the NC State Fair. We had 24 4-H’ers competing in various areas at the State Fair, mostly in the Livestock division. The 4-H DIRT club represented Franklin County 4-H with 14 members showing a total of 24 Belted Galloway cows. The youth represented Franklin County and 4-H very well. The positive sportsmanship that these youth show not only in ring but doing daily tasks is very admirable. Youth who show livestock are not only gaining knowledge about animals and how to care for them, they are gaining life skills such as problem solving, building communication skills, working as a team, and many more. This group is just one of many groups that Franklin County 4-H can boast about. Youth who showed at the NC State Fair include: Abby Graham, Matt Graham,

Hope Latta, Jonathan Hopkins, Landon Amarin, Layton Perry, Marlee Sikes, Ryan Farrell, Taylor Whitley, Victoria Ward, Weslyn Pendergraft, Dylan Hinkle, Joey Moore, Sage Moore, Jake Moore, Kenneth Richardson, Taylor Farley, Destiny Adams, Ian Nemitz, and Jacob Noe. Some youth participated in the arts and crafts division at the fair. Franklin County won 3rd place in the 4-H County Sweepstakes for having the most entries throughout NC. Way to go 4-H’ers.

We are very proud of our 4-H’ers and their successes. The color of the ribbon is not the important part of competing in events; it’s the experience you reap from being involved in 4-H. I would also like to thank all of our dedicated club volunteers, volunteers, and parents who work with these youth to ensure that they have a positive experience. As you can see summertime is not the only busy time for Franklin County 4-H.

If you are interested in joining 4-H or becoming a volunteer, please contact Meg Wyatt at meg_wyatt@ncsu.edu or (919) 496-3344.