Inverness County places 3rd overall at provincial 4-H show
The sun was high and so were spirits at the 2013 Nova Scotia 4-H Show.
The goats were on parade and being judged, as were their young handlers.
The 4-H show was held September 27th-29th. The South Shore region welcomed hundreds of spectators, competitors, parents, volunteers and organizers to the 36th annual 4-H Show on the South Shore Exhibition grounds in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. There was certainly plenty to celebrate with it being the 100th anniversary of the club in Canada.
Members of 4-H clubs had the chance to show their skills off and learn plenty at the same time. 4-H is a learn by doing experience, and all the young people involved had their hands full. They had their heads, hearts, health and hands all ready for competition. The members were responsible for every aspect of their 4-H project, whether it was clipping their calf, washing their horse, growing and preparing vegetables, or whatever their project entailed. Hiring or using professional trainers is strictly forbidden for 4-H projects at the Nova Scotia show.
All the participants were full of pride and excitement and dressed to code in their crisp white shirts and slacks. Most parents were close by to support their child, and there were plenty of photos and cheering on. Even though there was much jubilation in the air, it was serious competition for all those involved.
The judges were helpful not only adjudicating the event but to also offer advice, encouragement and helpful tips to the young achievers. The judges who attended were there based on their expertise, and in many cases they were also there volunteering their time to aid in the success of the event.
4-H members were eligible to compete at the show after achieving top honours at a local exhibition, which for the Inverness County clubs was held in Brook Village on August 24th. At both exhibitions they presented their life skills or livestock projects.
It is an annual family event and also an excellent opportunity for people to experience the 4-H youth leadership program in an interactive way. The Nova Scotia 4-H Show had something for everyone. Admission was free for this unique event and gave people the opportunity to review livestock competitions; a fashion show; floral competitions; dog obedience and handling trials; tug-of-war; market steer, lamb and turkey auctions, and much more. There was, of course, livestock competition, gardening, photography, quilting, woodworking, tug-of-war, bake-off competitions, flower arrangement competitions, tractor driving, fashion shows, pet rabbit and champion rabbit competitions and even a dog show. 4-H members demonstrated the technical, livestock and life skills they learned throughout the year.
Nova Scotia has the largest 4-H Show in Canada with all the exhibitors being 4-H members 9-21 years of age. A national survey of 4-H alumni named leadership and youth development as the most important goals of the 4-H program.
All these young people were incredible. Whether they placed first or tenth, they exhibited qualities that will allow them to become future leaders, whether it is in their careers, community or in the 4-H club. Selections were made at the show in Bridgewater for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.
2013 champion and reserve list
Champion Dairy Showman Bridget Wilson, Inverness
Champion Western Pleasure Lauren Whalen, Inverness
Reserve Champion Western Trail Robin VanZutphen, Inverness
Champion Holstein Calf Cyle Campbell, Inverness
Champion Dairy Calf Cyle Campbell, Inverness
Champion Dairy Judge Hayley Wilson, Inverness
Champion Scrapbooking Judge Kathryn Ryan, Inverness
Champion Computer Judge Kathryn Ryan, Inverness
Reserve Champion Jr. Sewing Article Monica van den Hoogen, Inverness
Reserve Champion Jr. Craft Article Sarah Wilson, Inverness
Champion Sr. Craft Article Darcie Wilson, Inverness
Reserve Champion Sr. Heritage Project Collection Kathryn Ryan, Inverness
Champion Sr. Computer Project Kathryn Ryan, Inverness
Reserve Champion Western Equitation Lauren Whalen, Inverness
Reserve Champion English Equitation Jennifer Murphy, Inverness
Cake Decorating Competition Junior Logan Fox, Inverness
Craft Competition Junior Monica van den Hoogen, Inverness
Royal Dairy Classic 1. Bridget Wilson, Inverness (Showman); 4. Cyle Campbell, Inverness; 9. Spare: Sarah Wilson, Inverness
Third Place for Overall County Inverness
The Royal Dairy Classic
Eight 4-H members, plus a spare, having the highest caliber dairy calves were selected to be on the Nova Scotia team to participate in the prestigious Royal Dairy Classic at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Royal Dairy Classic selections were made based on the quality of their calf on Saturday, September 28th at the Nova Scotia 4-H Show.
Eight 4-H dairy members will compete against 4-H members from across Canada in the Royal Dairy Classic in November. Two 4-H members on the Nova Scotia 4-H dairy team are from Inverness County Cyle Campbell and Bridget Wilson. Sarah Wilson is spare.
The dedicated work of the Royal Dairy Classic Committee results in the 4-H members being able to attend the Royal Winter Fair and compete in the 4-H cattle classes. The Nova Scotia committee members obtain funding sponsorships and organize this event on a provincial and national level. Annual financial support from major sponsors, producers, individuals and businesses provide the 4-H delegates with this tremendous opportunity.
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