Take 200+ 4-H members aged 6 – 25, hailing from such diverse places as Prince George, Salmon Arm, Ashcroft, Grand Forks, Rock Creek and everywhere in between. Add beef calves, sheep, horses, rabbits and dogs (no goats?) and all their pertinent paraphernalia. Season with plenty of noise. Top up with shutterbugs and clothing club models. Prepare a mold of umpteen parents, grandparents, small siblings and friends. Stir all together and pour out onto the North Thompson Fairgrounds. Make sure you order sunny weather, because a batter with so many ingredients will need baking just right!
This is not a make-believe scenario. On the weekend of September 25th through 28th, all of the above will turn the Barriere BC fairground into a youth festival that is repeated every year in hundreds of locations across North America.
Exhausted (and often tearful) youngsters head home at the end of it with arms full of swag – prize money, trophies, banners, rosette ribbons and gift items donated by supportive commercial companies – belt buckles, halters, show supplies, and gift certificates are high on the list.
4-H is the ultimate program for kids to “Learn to do by doing”, while earning a host of perks and prizes. They work on their project all year, learning the basics of feeding, caring for and training an animal or mastering the skills involved in a craft like photography or clothing fashions. These are life skills, and many leaders in all kinds of fields can look back to their 4-H days for the training and mentorship that lead to their career choices and the self-confidence to succeed.
Every one of you is invited to enjoy the show as the kids parade their achievements. Doug Higginson of Mill Bay, BC (sheep); Rod and Tanya Hollman – Innisfail A (beef); Pat Cutler (dog); and Glen Perrin (horse) will be judging, and giving their young showmen and women lots of good advice along with their placings.
The 4-H Dog competition is back for its second year and it has been re-added to the Round Robin Competition! The 7th Annual Top Hand Ranch Horse Competition goes at noon Saturday and Sunday, and the big pay-off – the beef and sheep sale – puts a final stamp to the year’s activity on Monday.
Come on down to the fairgrounds and support your favourites with your smiles your cheers, and your bids. You’ll have a great time and it means the world to the kids who have worked so hard. Everybody wins!
Click http://provincialwinterfair/schedule for all the details.
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