AMHERST – After having great success during the Oxford Exhibition, the 4-H clubs are heading to the Nova Scotia 4-H show this weekend in Truro to showcase their winning projects and animals. The clubs in Cumberland County are teaming up for the event.
“The winners from each county at the exhibitions get to go to the provincial show and compete against the rest of the province,” said Double ‘D’ leader Sharlene Carter-Earle. “Over 10,000 people usually go through Pro Show every year and what you see there will blow your mind.”
Carter-Earle said the show will show off the best of all the animals including beef horses, goats and sheep as well as the best of the life skills projects.
“The projects are amazing,” she said. “From the wood-working to the welding and the crafts, and decorating. Some of the projects are unbelievable. The first year my daughter went to Pro Show and we walked in the grounds, I was just like, ‘Wow! This is a big deal.’”
Unlike the recent exhibition that took place in Oxford, the Cumberland County 4-H clubs will be competing together as a group instead of against each other.
“I’ve made friends in other counties. It’s just like everything else you go to year after year, you make friends,” said Sunrise 4-H group leader Tammy Smith. “It’s like going to one big family reunion.”
4-H club members Emily Pipes and Dylan Corkum are excited to return to the provincial show.
“I represented Cumberland County last year and I’m proud to represent them again this year,” said Corkum. “This year, I’m competing in foods and the great outdoors project. I’m very excited.”
Pipes said she and her friends have been counting down since last year’s provincial show because they were so excited to go back.
“I’ve gone probably five or six times,” she said. “It’s amazing. I get to see all the friends that I’ve met (over the years). I’ve made a lot of friends at 4-H weekend so I get to see all of them from around the province. I like to see how my projects will do against the best of the best in the province. It’s a lot of fun.”
This year’s show starts Friday and runs through until Sunday in Truro. Cumberland, Colchester and Halifax East Hants counties are hosting and adding final touches to the show. Carter-Earle is actually co-chair of this year’s event and is setting up the buildings and chairs for the show. Next year’s show will be in Bridgewater.