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2015 Panhandle Youth Expo – A Little Something for Everyone!

 

2015 Panhandle Youth Expo – A Little Something for Everyone!

#4HGROWS Mastery in Animal Science Projects

Adly Caraway admires her sister Emma’s rabbit, on display during the Panhandle Youth Expo.

Adly Caraway admires her sister Emma’s rabbit, on display during the Panhandle Youth Expo.

The 2015 Panhandle Youth Expo was held on October 20th through 22nd at the Jackson County Ag Center on Highway 90 in Marianna, Florida. This year’s Expo included something of interest for just about everyone!

 

Entries in the Arts and Crafts Department

Entries in the Arts and Crafts Department

 

There were over 300 entries from 4-H and FFA members in Jackson, Gadsden, Holmes, Liberty, Walton and Washington counties, in categories ranging from arts and crafts and baked goods to rabbits, poultry, goats, swine, heifers and steers. These youth also participated in the livestock judging contest, and in a competition new to the Expo, a poultry judging contest, sponsored by Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club leader Stacey Warden.

Participation in this year’s Expo saw many first-time exhibitors following in the footsteps of their older siblings, as well as their parents. Seeing the older youth working with their younger peers is a wonderful example of what working in animal science projects means to families. Teamwork is key and is obvious when you see the youth working together, coaching one another, and cheering each other on.

 

 

4-H member Emilee Foran, gives pointers to first year exhibitor and fellow club member, Syler Griffin.

4-H member Emilee Foran, gives pointers to first year exhibitor and fellow club member, Syler Griffin.

 

 

Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club senior poultry judging team members (L) Emma Caraway was high individual and (R) Hayden Warden was 2nd high individual.

Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club senior poultry judging team members (L) Emma Caraway was high individual and (R) Hayden Warden was 2nd high individual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This kind of participation is an indicator of what “4-H Grows” in our local communities! We have youth who are gaining life skills and demonstrating mastery in animal science projects, as well as learning responsibility as they care for and raise their project animals. Most importantly, we have parents, volunteers and sponsors who support the efforts of these youth, and work hard to give them these types of opportunities.

 

First place Sr. Livestock Judging Team – (L-R) Emilee Foran, Savannah Capps, Coach Brad Warden, Raigan Tidwell and Nathalie Yoder, Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club.

First place Sr. Livestock Judging Team – (L-R) Emilee Foran, Savannah Capps, Coach Brad Warden, Raigan Tidwell and Nathalie Yoder, Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club.

 

Brother Benjamin Roach (R) eying the competition, his sister Reagan Roach (L). Benjamin and Reagan are members of the Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club, led by club leaders Brad and Stacey Warden.

Brother Benjamin Roach (R) eying the competition, his sister Reagan Roach (L). Benjamin and Reagan are members of the Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club, led by club leaders Brad and Stacey Warden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bo with goatMyra Miles with Judge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another brother and sister pair of competitors in the goat show. Bo Miles (L) and sister Myra, shown here with goat show judge Deron Rehberg and club leader Terri Hardin of Jackson County 4-H Country Bumpkins.

 

Participation in an animal science project takes a lot of hard work, dedication, support and money. These projects also are a wonderful way for families to work together.

 

(L-R) Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club members Emma Caraway, Anslie Yoder and Nathalie Yoder work together to prep a calf for the show.

(L-R) Jackson County 4-H Livestock Club members Emma Caraway, Anslie Yoder and Nathalie Yoder work together to prep a calf for the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A family trio! (L-R) Allie, Berry and Josie Scott, members of the Jackson 4-H Country Bumpkins.

A family trio! (L-R) Allie, Berry and Josie Scott, members of the Jackson 4-H Country Bumpkins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter what the sacrifice, youth walk away from their projects wiser and more confident individuals. These youth are the future and it is important that we support them and find ways for them to continue in these activities. Jackson County 4-H is grateful to the Panhandle Youth Expo board, the volunteers, parents, community and sponsors for making this event available to our young people. We encourage anyone who has time, money, or a project animal to donate or lease, to consider sponsoring or being a part of the programs that we offer. We are growing our future!

Special thanks to: Panhandle Youth Expo Board members: Larry Ford, Melanie Baggett, Larry Warden, Brad Warden, Anita Crossley, Phyllis Daniels, Ty Daniels, Shawna Ferguson, Stephen Roach and Rhonda Birge. Show Judges: Poultry Division– Carlan Chastain, Rabbit Division – Kristie Williams, Goat Show – Deron Rehberg, Swine Show – Mike Casey, Beef Show – Lynn Davis, Arts and Crafts Division – Jill Breslawski and Vicki Fuqua. Show Sponsors: L. McArthur Co., Inc., SunSouth John Deere, Malone Peanut, Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association, Town & Country Feed, Seed & Fertilizer, Helena Chemical, PeoplesSouth Bank, Farm Credit of NW Florida, Chipola College, Rahal-Miller, Southern States, Southern Cattle Company, Crop Production Services and Chipola Ford.

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