The 100th Anniversary of the Morgan County Fair was a successful one for the 4-H program. With over 180 fair exhibit entries, 171 4-H Livestock animals sold, two nights of Horse 4-H, the 4-H Teen Council face painting booth, and the Morgan 4-H Robotics club booth, the Morgan County 4-Hers stayed busy!
Entries such as cooking, sewing, photography and crafts were entered on August 1 and judged by volunteers from Weber and Cache counties the following day. 40 4-H members had entries selected to go on to compete at the Utah State Fair this September. Ellisa Clark was selected as the State 4-H Public Speaking winner in July at the State 4-H Contests. Her winning speech was on display in the exhibit building during the fair. She will go on to compete in Denver next January.
State 4-H Horse qualifiers were determined during fair week after the final Morgan 4-H horse show of 2011. Five youth from each age category (junior, intermediate and senior) will go on to represent Morgan County at the State 4-H Horse Show in Salina on September 16 and 17. State qualifiers for the junior division are Emily Vigoren, Morgan Balding, Tosha Turner, Karson Anderson, and Katelyn Coffman. Intermediate qualifiers are McKenna Hales, Reganne Hales, Bailee Mikesell, Kamie Jones, and Olivia Anderson. Top five in the senior division were Kami Call, Sierra Wheelwright, Courtney Sanders, Shalie Comer and Dani Hammer. Congrats to all our 4-H Horse participants!
The livestock show began on Thursday as youth showed a hog, lamb or steer in showmanship and market classes. The Grand Champion Steer was shown by Megan Stapley. Reserve Champion Steer was shown by Mallory Stapley. Kate Blazzard took home top honors in the lamb market class. The Reserve Champion Lamb was shown by Karlee Tucker. In the hogs, Madison Russell won Grand Champion and Madison Porter won Reserve Champion Hog.
The 2011 Grand Champion Steer Showmen were Bailey Woolsey (senior division), Darrick Eddington (intermediate division) and Jakob House (junior division). In lambs, the 2011 Grand Champion Showmen were Sydnee Wixom (senior), Kate Blazzard (intermediate) and Brynlee Wixom (junior). Hog Champion Showmen at the 2011 fair were: Danielle Robinson (senior), Wade Schmid (intermediate) and Tess Henry (junior). The Livestock Show also holds dairy classes for 4-H and FFA members. Winner of the senior showmanship was Danielle Poll. Intermediate and junior winners were Lyman Hardman and Cecily Clark, respectively.
The Morgan County 4-H program would not be possible without the help of so many volunteers who graciously give their time to better the lives of our youth. The Extension office would like to recognize all those who helped make this fair experience memorable. Thanks for all your hard work!
4-H members and volunteers are invited along with their families to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments at the annual Morgan County 4-H Achievement Night on October 6 at 7:00 p.m. If you know of an outstanding 4-H volunteer that you would like to be recognized, you can nominate them by contacting the USU Extension Office at 801-829-3472.