September marks the start of a new 4-H year.
This year, we will build on the successes of the past and fine-tune programs and add learning opportunities for the future. The beginning of a fresh year gives our 4-H community the ability to improve on aspects of our program to make the best better.
If you are interested in joining a club or starting a new club or volunteering as a project leader or at 4-H-related events, contact the La Plata County Extension Office for more information.
We couldnt make each year a success without the tremendous support of our community. This years 4-H community barbecue raised more than $10,000 for our youths. We would like to thank Christi Zeller and the La Plata County Energy Council for helping raise money and getting the top-notch teams Williams Exploration and Production, Rhino Technologies, BP America and Exterran to cook this year.
Furthermore, we would like to thank all our major and minor sponsors for their support. It was a pretty tasty barbecue this year. In addition, Naomi Riess, Lauren Nau and Melody Semler get big thanks along with all our other volunteers for helping. Also, thanks to Bruce Whitehead and his bluegrass band Rusted Prairie for the great tunes during the day.
I would like to highlight two youths who received top honors at the Colorado State Fair.
First, Michael Fusco of the Pine River 4-H Club in Bayfield won Intermediate Grand Champion for his woodworking project. It was a finely crafted treasure chest. Next, Cole Crawford of the Mountain Shadows 4-H Club in Hesperus took first place in .22 Rifle Sporter junior division at the state shoot. This youngster has quite the aim and nerves of steel. Congrats, guys.
If you had the opportunity to check out the 4-H exhibits and livestock barn and pavilion during our county fair, you know that we have some pretty amazing young talents in our county. From Bethany Quimbys grand champion heritage arts macramé project to Joie Raybournes grand champion market beef, we truly showed off a wide diversity of skills 4-H members have. It was really impressive to see the poultry and rabbit barn filled this year and the excitement our community has for raising small livestock.
For a listing and printable copy of all the 4-H general awards, fair contests and livestock, horse and dog-related awards, visit www.lpc4h.blogspot.com.
In September, 4-H will be working with the Child Youth and Family Master Plan Implementation team on hosting Neighborhood Days throughout the county. We will be out in the Ignacio, Hesperus, Bayfield and Durango areas on the weekends of Sept. 17 and 25 inviting the community to take part. We will have local Sunnyside meat provided and ask that community members bring a side dish with fresh, local vegetables to celebrate the harvest of our area.
Call the Extension Office or look for posters in the coming weeks for more details.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.