Head, heart, hands, health in our community

by Nadine Armstrong

The Butler County 4-H Fair was held July 29 through August 4 at the Butler County Fairgrounds in El Dorado. Many students participated in the fair, and qualified for the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson from September 9-18.

In everything but market animals, one must get Grand or Reserve champion in order  to qualify for State. In market animals, one must earn a blue ribbon at county or have received a certain number of points.

Lauren and Lindsey Mandina are in Benton’s Busy Bees. They took photography to the County Fair and they are competing at the state level. This is the Mandina’s third time going to state.

Renata Goossen of the North Butler 4-H club took crochet, horticulture and clothing construction to county and is taking all three to state. This will be her seventh time going to state. She said her favorite part about going to state is meeting people who do the same projects as her.

For at least the past six to eight years, Butler County Community College has given the Grand and Reserve champions of market animals 15 credit hours to attend. In market animals, competitors can show beef, pork, sheep and meat goats.

Cally Miller of the Cassoday Boosters is taking her county champion breeding heifer and an Elite Goat Series champion (EGS), Frosty, to state for the first time. Miller showed Frosty at the series of EGS shows, and they scored the highest amount of points overall, winning the series.

Miller says that she works with her heifer and two goats every day. She walks the goats every morning and the heifer after school.

She says what she likes about 4-H is, “showing [because] it’s fun meeting new people and traveling places.”

The 4-H year starts over in October. Butler County 4-H will have officer training around the end of October. In November they will have an award banquet for this year’s 4-H participants who achieved the qualifications. The 4-H week is in February and BCC will be working with the 4-H office with an activity on campus with 4-H. Throughout the year, different clubs will be doing projects, so keep an eye out for your local 4-H club.

Butler County will be well represented at the State Fair by enthusiastic kids in our local 4-H clubs. They work hard everyday to make sure that they and their projects are ready as well as making our community is as best as it could be.

“4-H is a great organization to build leadership, public speaking and confides,” Goossen says.

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