Editor’s note: “A Better Life” is a weekly column by the USU Extension – Tooele Office that focuses on a variety of topics intended to enhance quality of life.
Utah State University has sponsored the annual 4-H State Contests for 107 years. Last month 11 Tooele County 4H youth and two leaders traveled to Logan for three days of competition and activities.
The youth had the opportunity to compete in 31 different areas from shooting sports to vocal performance. Youth and leaders stayed on campus and were able to get a taste of college life. After competitions on the first day, activities and dinner were held on Old Main Hill. A giant water slide was constructed out of black plastic and everyone had a chance to cool off and have fun. Some kids tried to set the record for distance past the end of the slide on the wet grass. Later they were showing off grass burns on their legs and arms.
Tooele youth participated in shooting sports, vocal performance, instrumental performance, variety talent, piano performance, public speaking, job interview, pet advocacy, 4-H congress interview, fashion review, sewing, favorite foods, world of work, consumer bowl, horse judging, livestock judging, impromptu public speaking, and 4-H demonstration competitions.
Hanna Rogers competed in Pet Advocacy, a new competition that tests knowledge of pet health and management. She also competed in Variety Talent. Mitchel Handley, Rey Sellers, Caden Jones, and Jackson Deeter all competed in Musical Talent. Handley placed first in instrumental performance playing Kenny Dorham’s Blue Bossa on the Flugelhorn. The Flugelhorn is a fancy kind of trumpet but with a little different tone.
As first place winner, Handley was invited to play for the Tuesday evening banquet. He gave an awesome performance! Jones played piano background music before dinner. When he came and sat down to eat, I told him he should have finished with a really loud Beethoven’s Fifth. He’s a good kid and too modest for that. It’s a good thing I never learned to play piano.
Day two of competition started early with Livestock and Horse Judging at USU’s south farm in Hyrum. Jacob Sagers, Nick Alders, Jayse Livingston and Ashlee Greenhalgh judged lambs, goats, pigs and steers, while Jones judged horses. Alison Sagers competed in sewing and modeled her dress at the fashion show after the banquet. In all, our youth competed in 26 competitions.
Greenhalgh and Autumn Zierenberg were inducted as new state 4-H ambassadors at the Wednesday awards breakfast and several blue ribbons were brought home by the rest of our youth. Tooele County was well represented in Logan last month.
After the banquet on Tuesday evening, the kids had a dance and then an all-night party. If they wanted to leave the party, they had to go to their dorm room and go to bed. On Wednesday, we went to the awards breakfast and afterward said goodbye to all the new friends we made, took some pictures and then headed for home. We stopped at Farr’s Ice Cream in Ogden and got back to Tooele at 2 p.m.
If you are interested in learning more about 4-H State Contests, give us a call at the USU Extension Office or come by and talk to us. We would love to help you and your children get involved in 4-H.
Linden Greenhalgh is the county director of the USU Extension – Tooele County office, which is located inside the Tooele County Health Department Building, 151 N. Main, Tooele. The phone number is 435-277-2400.