Scott Greer, 4-H Youth Program Assistant, said, "The Achievement Day is a prelude to the county fair. Their projects are judged to determine which ones will go on to compete at the county fair in the 4-H category." There were 12 youth participants, and a total of 45 participants at the Achievement Day.
Animal project interviews, demonstration interviews and awards were the main attractions for the achievement day. Greer said, "For a lot of the youth, it is the first time experiencing the animal judging. It is really an opportunity for them to see what they will expect and get acquainted with the process at the fair." The demonstration interviews were judged based on the age level of the participants. There were goats, guinea pigs, volcanoes, photography, posters and geology projects entered in the event.
"The goal of 4-H clubs is to make future leaders, and to instill values and concepts in the youth to prepare them to be the next generation of leaders in county, state and even nationwide," said Greer. There are over 50 projects for youth to choose from in 4-H. The projects are self-determined by the youth, based on their own interests. "Locally, programs are built on our heritage around here and all are considered researched based learning," stated Greer.
The youth, their parents and club leaders were a huge part in making Achievement Day a success. Holly Meyer, Matt Gurn, Sandy Crews, Sarah Crowder, Tracy Bridges and Patrick Ledgerwood contributed to the event as judges. Melvin Snethern cooked lunch, and the photography for the event was done by Brandi Sutherland.
4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Young people making new friends and memories while preparing to be future leaders. 4-H members have the opportunity to learn more about activities that interest them. There are over 50 projects to choose from with two or three levels for each project, making fun learning experiences for the beginning, intermediate or advance participant.
In addition, members participate in community service projects, county fair, camps, club parties, and trips to other states and even other countries.
Contact Scott Greer at the Oregon County Extension Office at (417) 778-7490 for more information about the Oregon County 4-H.