‘It teaches a lot about everything’

Amanda Jess
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4-H competition in Pictou a success

The Pictou County 4-H competition and 100-year celebrations seemed to go off without a hitch.

PICTOU – The Pictou County 4-H competition and 100-year celebrations seemed to go off without a hitch, despite organizer fears that the cancelled exhibition might cause visitors not to come.

However, the Hector Arena exhibition grounds were busy as families, young competitors, alumni and animals flurried in activity.

Scotsburn 4-H member Georgie Gunn showcased her calf in the dairy conformation and received second place as the reserve champion.

This was the nine-year-old’s first year entering a dairy competition and she loved it.

“I like working with the cows.”

The cattle were judged based on their “dairy character,” which can include defined ribs as well as strong legs and feet

Lauren Daley of Scotsburn 4-H took home first place in the same competition. The 16-year-old has been involved with the club for eight years and finds it very rewarding.

She said she loves showing the animals, but it has also left a lasting impact on her. She used to be shy, but being forced to do public speaking has helped that quite a bit.

“It teaches a lot about everything,”

Morgyn Hynes of the River John club said she appreciated it for different reasons.

“I just love the diversity of projects and the friends you meet,” she said.

The 16-year-old entered her milking doe goat, Mocha, in the senior goat showmanship and goat conformation as part of her seventh year in competitions.

Last year, she took home reserve champion in the senior goat showmanship.

The goats are judged on many aspects, including their body capacity and mammary systems.

Monica Nielsen, social media guru for Pictou County 4-H, said she sees the difference the program makes while working in schools every day.

“You can pick out the 4-H kids,” she said, adding that it gives them a chance to develop leadership skills that they otherwise may not get to use.

Nielsen was the chaperone for a Salmon Arm, B.C. and Pictou County 4-H exchange last year. She said that opportunity gave those involved a chance to be ambassadors for their community, make long-standing friendships and learn different geography and history.

“It was just a chance for coast-to-coast connection.”

It’s chances to see the other side of the country that leave 4-H members with lasting memories that keep them connected when they’re alumni.

“There’s this huge sense of community that you don’t lose,” she said, adding that 4-H instills a sense of pride in where you’re from.

 

amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

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Geographic location: Pictou County, River John, Salmon Arm

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