Tuesday, June 18, 2013

4-H on Parade and School Presentations

Things have been really picking up for us in terns! Matt has been busy helping with Convention which was in Guelph this year. Katelyn and I have both been busy attending 4-H shows as many of the achievement days are held in the first part of June. It is safe to say that every day is different and every day is exciting!
Since my last blog post I have been traveling all around and I have enjoyed every minute of it. The largest event that I was happy to be a part of was 4-H on Parade in Calgary.  I am one of the volunteers on this committee but the event fit nicely with some of my intern tasks. So I left Regina early in the morning on May 30 and arrived in Calgary in the late afternoon. I dropped into the office to restock some of my Angus swag and briefly catch up with everyone in the office. Things were busy as the office was preparing for Convention. 4-H on Parade started on Friday and it was an action packed weekend and ended with an extremely good sale. On Saturday, Katelyn came down to the event and together we presented to the cleaver kids and taught them a little more about the beef industry. That presentation was the most challenging for me. There was close to 50 kids and all under the age of nine. So they did not always want to pay attention and keep quiet. However, Katelyn and I had fun presenting together!


After 4-H on Parade was finished I headed home to Lougheed. I arranged for several school presentations in areas that where no further than 2 hours from my farm in Lougheed. On Monday, June 3, Katelyn and I attended the achievement day for our old clubs. I was one of the ringmasters for the steer show. It was nice to go back and visit my old club and meet the new members that had joined this year. Tuesday morning kicked off my school presentation week. Over my week at home I had the opportunity to talk to almost 300 kids. So this meant I needed many Angus goodie bags made up and many booklets folded. Thankfully my parents were more than happy to be folding booklets and making up goodie bags with me. I went to Macklin, Lloydminster, Wainwright, Lougheed and Sedgewick schools to make my presentations.  I have so much fun with the kids and they seemed to have fun with me!

After my week of school presentations I was asked if I would do a clinic about showmanship and grooming for a local 4-H club. June 9 I headed to Irma to give a clinic for the young 4-Hers. I had many questions and the kids seemed very keen on learning how to show properly. When I was done talking and doing some activities with the kids, we clipped many of the kid’s calves that needed a little extra help with the clipping. After this full day I was on the road to Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. Spiritwood is in the northern part of the province.  It was just about a five-hour drive but it is a much prettier drive then driving in southern Saskatchewan. I arrived at the nicest bed and breakfast. The couple that ran the B&B was the friendliest and the lady loved to bake sweets. I walked in and she was holding freshly baked, still warm red velvet cupcakes. The next day was the start of the Spiritwood Regional show. There were four clubs that got together to have this show. I was the ringmaster for the two days and also got to judge the stalls and booths. It is interesting for me to go to all these shows because everyone does things differently at the 4-H shows. In Spiritwood they make the kids participate in many different things. For example team judging, team grooming, a quiz and they have a jackpot show as well. The sale went very good and I would argue that the people of Spiritwood are the friendliest people I have come across in my travels so far! I stayed for the banquet and helped to hand out prizes and made sure that everyone who showed an Angus project got some Angus swag! Then I started my trip back to Lougheed. I have another show coming up on Monday then I am heading back to Regina. It will not be long after that and the Stampede will be here. Make sure you come and visit us in the Cattle Trail if you are planning to take in the festivities at the Calgary Stampede! 

Karla and the judge, Lyle, at the Spiritwood Show. It was Rider pride Tuesday. Karla missed the memo.

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