SOUTHWESTERN N.S. – 4H members from the tri-counties’ four 4H clubs brought home 12 championship titles and lots of good memories from the 40th annual 4-H Pro Show that was held in Lawrencetown.
More than 2,300 projects were showcased at the Pro Show, attended by several thousand 4H members and their leaders.
“The Provincial Show was amazing,” said Sou’West 4H Club junior member Abigail Koziel. “I got to see so many other projects, cheer on all our members, and loved learning something new.”
Bringing home provincial championships were Isabella Phillips from the 4-H Maple Nuts Club in Digby County, who won the Junior Scrapbooking Competition. From the Yarmouth County 4-H Club, Chloe d’Eon was Reserve Champion Light Horse Showman, while Alison Perry was Reserve Champion Western Pleasure. Yarmouth’s Jadyn Hood Bent brought home the Champion Dairy Judge title, with Sierra Dulong winning the Senior Food Preparation Competition.
provincial championships were won by members of the Roseway River 4-H Club in Shelburne, including Kaleigh Bennicke, Reserve Champion Western Equitation and Champion Western Reining; Forrest Robinson, Outdoorsman Competition Junior; Jonathan Dares, Reserve Champion Novice Dog Obedience; and Katie Peacock, Reserve Champion Cake Decorating Judge. Paige Nickerson from the Sou’West 4-H Club in Barrington was Reserve Champion Dog Handling.
ABOUT THE PRO SHOW
The main take away from the 4H Pro Show is that 4H members can showcase the projects they have been working on all year with community pride, says Jennifer Spencer, leader of the Sou’West 4H Club.
“They had help from many parents, leaders and community members,” she said. “A group of gentlemen from Shelburne County raised a significant portion of money for the purchase of a cattle chute for the beef project. Every contribution was appreciated, however knowing people are behind the efforts of these amazing young people is a feeling of pride in our 4H family.”
This year marks the 90th anniversary of 4H in Nova Scotia as well as the 45th anniversary for Camp Rankin; where for five weeks every summer 4Hers from across the province are welcomed for a week of fun and fellowship.
“They make friends from all over the province and friendships that last for years and years,” said Robin Benedict executive director of the Nova Scotia 4H Council.
While 4H membership fluctuates year to year, last year saw “a good percentage of growth,” said Benedict. “I expect it will grow again this year.”
At last count in Nova Scotia, there were 2,438 4H members between ages of seven and 21, and 815 volunteer leaders, chaperones and helpers involved in one of the 77 4H clubs that are located in all 18 counties.
With a motto to “learn to do by doing,” 4H offers a lot of opportunities for young people, from working on projects on whatever topic that they are interested in, public speaking, scholarships and the chance to travel throughout the province, and even Canada.
“4H is a great opportunity to try new things, hands on,” said Benedict, adding club activities and community service also play a big role in the program.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the 4H program can contact a local club or the provincial office in Bible Hill. Most clubs are currently taking registration for the coming year, although deadlines can vary.