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Local 4-Hers Display Their Talents at Regional Day

photo by Lauralea Curavoo
Bryce LaBerge, Greensboro Bend (left), and Warren Hill, Greensboro, members of the Caspian Critters 4-H Club, teamed up to present a demonstration, Setting Up Your Backyard Flock, at the Northeast Regional 4-H Spring Showcase, April 16, in Irasburg.

IRASBURG – The annual Northeast Regional 4-H Spring Showcase, April 16, in Irasburg provided a platform for area 4-Hers to share what they’ve learned in 4-H projects and club activities.

The event, which took place at the New Hope Bible Church, attracted 79 youths, ages 5 to 18, from 15 clubs in Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille and Orleans Counties. They participated in action exhibits, stage presentations, public speaking and other activities as well as entered posters, photos, technology exhibits and tabletop displays to be judged. For the smart shopper challenge, the 4-H’ers were asked to put together an outfit for under $50 to model on stage where they were evaluated on their fashion sense and shopper smarts.

The top entry in every category with more than one entry received a rosette ribbon. All others were scored on the Danish system and awarded a blue, red or white ribbon. 4-H Cloverbuds, ages 5-7, received a rainbow-colored participation ribbon.

Results were: Caledonai County, Action Exhibit, participating members: LeighAnn Judd, Wolcott, and Brooklyn Miller, Craftsbury; Illustrated Talk, red ribbon, Haley Michaud, East Hardwick; Public Speaking, red ribbon: Dawson Michaud, East Hardwick (Pig Project); Tabletop Display, blue ribbon, Gabriel Michaud, East Hardwick (Devons), red ribbon Lincoln Michaud (Farmers and Climate Change) and Morgan Michaud (Creamery), both from East Hardwick, Trevor Smith, Hardwick (Maple Sugaring), rainbow ribbon, Hutson Michaud, East Hardwick (Tractors).

More results included from Lamoille County, Tabletop Display, rosette and blue ribbon, Amalie Pratt, Wolcott (Sports with Dogs).

From Orleans County, the results included Action Exhibit, blue ribbon, Caspian Critters 4-H Club, Greensboro (The Four Fascinating Steps of Felting), participating members: Ryder Curavoo, Berlin; Alex and Aubrey Maley, Irasburg; Emma Rowell, Greensboro Bend; Photography, blue ribbon, Natalie and Warren Hill, Greensboro and Emma Rowell, Greensboro Bend; Public Speaking, red ribbon, Talon Michaud, Greensboro Bend (Getting Your Tedder Ready); Smart Shopper, blue ribbon: Brooklyn Blair, Craftsbury Common, rainbow ribbon: Hayleigh Atwood, Craftsbury Common; Tabletop Display, red ribbon, Natalie Hill, Greensboro (Calf Deformities) and Natalie Michaud, Greensboro Bend (Blame it On the Rain), white ribbon, Deegan Michaud, Greensboro Bend (Cow Parts); Team Demonstration, red ribbon, Warren Hill, Greensboro, and Bryce LaBerge, Greensboro Bend (Setting Up Your Backyard Flock).

The event was organized by University of Vermont Extension 4-H educators Lindy Birch and Holly Ferris. Hope, Rhea and Tea Ferris helped with set-up at the event. Charlie Somers, Lyndonville, also assisted with set-up and served as coordinator for the judges’ room.

Judges for the event were Julie Brochu, Craftsbury; Hope Ferris, Jeffersonville; Lily Hoyt and Shelia Martin, both from Orleans; Marcia Marble, Morrisville; Clara Nadeau and Jennifer Patenaude, both from Holland; and Rebecca and Stacey Tanner, Lyndonville. The judges each received a quart of maple syrup from Sweet Dreams Maple in Holland and a Heidi Louise Pottery bowl from River Arts, a community arts organization in Morrisville.

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