This week, I am attending the annual Colorado State University Extension forum on the CSU campus in Fort Collins. It always is a pleasure to meet with all of the Extension agents across the state and see and hear about the diversity of programs being delivered to the residents of Colorado.
From master gardening to food preservation and nutrition to ranching and land management and, of course, the 4-H youth-development programs, Extension really offers a wealth and variety of learning opportunities for people to take advantage of.
In addition, Extension provides cutting-edge research-based knowledge and information through its connection to CSU. So take advantage of a powerful resource in your community and get connected with your local Extension office to be aware of the variety of programs we offer.
This month, La Plata County 4-H has some exciting announcements to make.
First, the annual Achievement Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Exhibit Hall on the La Plata County Fairgrounds. This banquet will be a good ol-fashioned potluck to gather the 4-H extended family for a night to celebrate our youngsters accomplishments throughout the year. We have awards ranging from the top Record Books that a youth completed for a project for an officer-leadership position to Horse Awards for speed events that were held at the County Fair. In addition, the banquet is a chance for youths to practice public speaking by being a mistress or master of ceremonies; they will be announcing various awards, their sponsors and the winner. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for making this event so special for the 4-H community.
Next, an announcement of a fundraiser from our 4-H Livestock Judging Team: For those of you who dont know, livestock judging is a great program available in La Plata County 4-H. Team members practice all winter and in the spring. Then they start traveling around the state and have one big trip to Texas to compete against other 4-H teams. It is a great bonding experience for our youths and provides them with real-life experiential learning opportunities. Livestock judging is a great way to learn about livestock, learn public speaking, work on memory skills and much more.
So please support the team in their annual citrus and apple sale. Orders will be collected from the Extension office on Nov. 28 and will be available for pickup at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Fairgrounds. Citrus comes from a Sunkist cooperative in California, apples and cider from Red Mountain Ranch in Cedaredge; frozen apple pies were made by 4-H members using local apples and real butter. Sales will be used by the Livestock Judging Team to travel this spring and summer.
Finally, the good people at the Artisans Bakery at the Durango Public Library are hosting a pancake breakfast Nov. 19. They have been kind enough to donate a portion of the proceeds from the breakfast to La Plata County 4-H. So come on down to the library and enjoy a great breakfast and a good cause.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 382-6463 Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.