“And the Award goes to…!” The annual Meeker County 4-H Awards Celebration was held Sunday, Oct. 13, at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. The Awards Celebration began at 2 p.m. with Federation Officers and Council Members honoring Meeker County 4-H’ers for their accomplishments during the past year. During awards, we installed our new Federation Officers, recognized our volunteers, donors, champions, and other award winners. Prior to the program, Anne Gathje, Calvin Kipf, Elijah Michaletz, and Curt Wedin served ice cream floats. Thank you to all volunteers and 4-H’ers who came early to help set up and stayed afterwards to clean up. I was once again overwhelmed at your helpfulness! Also, thank you to all donors. Our program would not be as successful without you.
New Meeker County 2013-2014 4-H Federation Officers are, from left, Elijah Michaletz, Katie Peterson, Shelby Schiefelbein, Alison Radunz, and James Gathje.
Four Meeker County 4-H’ers competed at the 2013 Minnesota State 4-H Dog Show. The 2013 State 4-H Dog Show was held Sept. 21 and 22, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 4-H’ers who have completed fourth grade and receive blue ribbons at the county level are given the opportunity to compete at the state level with their dogs in agility, obedience, rally, and showmanship judging. Meeker County’s results include:
• Alayna Baggestoss – Rally, Novice, Grade 9, Blue; Showmaship Open Grade 9, Blue
• Shelbie Behnke – Agility, Beginner (16 in.) Grade 9-13, Blue; Agility, Beginner (4, 8, 12 in.) Grade 9-13, Blue; Agility, Jumpers 1 (16, 20 in.) Grade 9-10, Reserve Champion; Agility, Jumpers 1
(4, 8 in.) Grade 9-13, Blue
Meeker County 4-H’ers competed at the 2013 Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show. The 2013 State 4-H Horse Show was held on September 13th – 16th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. 4-H’ers who have complete 6th grade and won a trip at the County 4-H Qualifying Horse Show in either Pleasure or Games classes are given the opportunity to compete at the state level with their horses.
The following were the placings from the 2013 State 4-H Horse Show (4-H’er name followed by placing and class):
The 2013 Meeker County 4-H Awards Celebration will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. The 2013-2014 Meeker County 4-H Federation Officer Team will be installed at this time, along with awarding scholarships, volunteer awards, club officer awards, and many others. Ice cream floats will be served following the announcement of awards. If you have any questions, please call the Meeker County Extension Office at (320) 693-5275. We hope to see you there.
More than 6 million young people across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which will take place Oct. 7-13. Meeker County 4-H uses National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and to highlight the incredible young people who work each day to a make a positive impact on their community.
During 4-H week, local clubs will create window displays at local schools and business throughout the county that promoted 4-H. Local 4-H youth, volunteers, and staff will also connect with their communities by visiting third-grade students across the county to share their enthusiasm and passion for 4-H. Meeker County 4-H Ambassadors will also be featured on newsmaker on KLFD radio, AM 1410, Monday, Oct. 7. Listen for daily 4-H school and radio announcements. All of these activities will expose potential new audiences to our wonderful program and also help develop leadership skills in our young people. We will end our 4-H celebrations with our annual awards celebration held on Oct. 13.