4-H: Showing for More Than Ribbons

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Franklin County 4-H’ers have been very busy gearing up for different events and competitions. Our most recent events and competitions include the NC State Fair and the Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale.
One of our recent events that occurred in October was the NC State Fair. We had approximately forty 4-H’ers competing in various areas at the NC State Fair, mostly in the Livestock division. Franklin County was well represented with youth showing cows, chickens, turkeys and sheep. The positive sportsmanship that these youth exhibit, not only in the ring but also in 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. Some youth participated in the Arts and Crafts division at the fair. Franklin County won third place in the 4-H County Sweepstakes for having the most entries throughout NC. Way to go 4-H’ers!
Another event that took place on Saturday, October 28th was our annual Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale. We had eleven 4-H’ers from Franklin County participate in the show and sale. There was a total of twenty-one youth from all four counties participating. Youth received their pullets in June and raised them until the show. Youth competed in showmanship and in the chicken breed classes. After the show, there was a live auction, and all the chickens were sold. The proceeds go to the 4-H’ers and the Four County 4-H Poultry Show and Sale to purchase pullets for the 2018 poultry project.
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 leaders, volunteers, and parents who work with the youth to ensure that they have a positive experience. We are continuing to grow and would like to add you to our Franklin County 4-H Family.
If you are interested in joining 4-H or becoming a volunteer, please contact Cooperative Extension at 919-496-3344 or Meg Wyatt at meg_wyatt@ncsu.edu.