Local 4-H kids make mark at state level

Each year I get to go to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo and help set up the buildings that display all the 4-H projects. And each year, I am truly amazed at the wide diversity of projects and the skills that youths demonstrate through doing a 4-H project.

I also come back each year very proud of the accomplishments our local 4-H members have achieved on a state level. La Plata County was well-represented, and I would like to highlight a few of our members.

Kaleigh Nau of the St. Columba 4-H Club received first place and Reserve Grand Champion overall ribbons for her Unit 3 Intermediate Food Preservation project. Kaleigh made pickles, relishes, jams and jellies. Her club hosted a food-preservation class taught by family consumer science agent Wendy Rice earlier in the year that sparked her interest in this project. Now that harvest season is here, she will be well-prepared to make treats for her family’s pantry.

Dustrie Stock of the Weasel Skinners 4-H Club received a first place champion ribbon for her Senior Unit 9 Artistic Clothing – “style of your own” category. Dustrie made a unique and fashionable skirt entirely of duct tape. The judges loved the creativity she used in making her skirt. Dustrie also participated in the State Fashion Revue contest, displaying her unique design, and did very well for her first time.

Devin Pound of the Pioneers 4-H club in Marvel received first place and overall Reserve Grand Champion ribbons for his Intermediate Unit 4 Woodworking – “finishing it up” project. Devin created a beautiful display case in his woodworking project. The competition is pretty tough around the state in this category, so hat’s off to you, Devin.

Perrin Kileen of the Animas Valley 4-H Club received first place and overall Grand Champion ribbons for his Intermediate Unit 3 Bicycle self-determined project. He did a marvelous job displaying his enthusiasm for cycling. After a great summer of cycling activities in our area, these ribbons are quite fitting for one of our own aspiring cyclists.

Bethany Quimby of the Mountaineers 4-H Club received a first place champion ribbon for her Intermediate Macrame project. Bethany made a wonderful hanging flower pot holder using her macrame skills. Macrame is a part of the Heritage Arts category that includes crochet, knitting, spinning, quilting and weaving. We look to establish a strong partnership with the La Plata County Historical Society and Animas Museum to keep Heritage Arts alive by passing on these unique skills to our youths.

Trevor, Isaac and Marissa Jordan of the Ignacio Westerners 4-H all received top ribbons for their work in the Outdoor Adventures project. It’s really great to see this family take advantage of the great outdoors that surrounds us in Southwest Colorado.

The new 4-H year will start in October. For a list of all the different 4-H projects, 4-H clubs in La Plata County or how to become a 4-H volunteer, call or stop by the Extension office at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

felsengh@co.laplata.co.us or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.