Children’s Cowboys for the Butler County Fair Decorating Hay Bales and Cakes | Rural News
Country Roots and Cowboy Boots is the theme for the 2022 Butler County Fair in David City, Nebraska, July 12-17, and 4-H club members had fun while preparing intensely for the fair.
They were immersed in a hay bale contest where they decorate a round bale. A 4-H club planted flowers inside old cowboy boots to display at the fair.
Many well-attended workshops in June helped 4-Hers prepare for the county fair through livestock shows, horticulture, welding, cake decorating, barn quilts, showmanship bunnies, 3D printing, sewing a tote bag, woodworking and more.
During a workshop, the youngsters learned how to prepare their barn quilt for painting. They chose their design, measured and drew the lines, chose their paint colors, and taped off the areas to paint. The young people brought home projects to complete for the fair.
Butler County 4-H members also worked hard to prepare their farm animals for the fair by attending progress shows and completing the required youth training for quality animal care. This training helps them understand animal welfare, food safety and life skills related to their livestock project, said Aliesha Meusch, 4-H extension assistant for Butler County.
Butler County’s 4-H history runs deep, dating back to the early 1900s. While the National 4-H program was founded in 1902, Butler County records show that their earliest 4-H members became involved in 1917. That year, the members were all women who were primarily involved in animal husbandry projects, with a few taking on clothing projects.
Butler County’s first extension officer was hired in February 1918, and most of these officers focused on agriculture or home extension.
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“Looking at our records from 1917 to 1920, we have many families related to those who started in the program who are still involved today,” Meusch said. “Multigenerational 4-H families carry on a tradition that can continue long after the current generation has finished its time with the Butler County 4-H program.”
Butler County has eight active 4-H clubs, as well as the Butler County Independent Club. Some have been around for many years. Since the beginning, there have been many changes, both in terms of staff and the programming offered. Even in 2022, new employees have been hired into the office to serve Butler County.
“Butler County 4-H is eager to participate, learn, grow and succeed. whether in a barn, kitchen or sewing room. Plus, 4-H youth aren’t afraid to share ideas that could benefit the program at the 4-H board meeting,” said Meusch, who joined Butler County 4-H a month ago. .
Clover Kids programs were also popular this summer with younger members.
Butler County 4-H has 180 members ages 8-18 and 55 Clover Kids ages 5-7. A key element of the success is the generous help of 30 registered volunteers, said Meusch, who grew up in 4-H. After graduating from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, she began her career with Nebraska Extension in Platte County, then began working with Butler County Extension this spring.
There’s something for everyone in the 4-H program across the wide variety of project areas, Meusch said. It shows how great a program is when it gives everyone the opportunity to participate in a project.
Journalist Amy Hadachek is a two-time Emmy Award-winning meteorologist and storm chaser who has earned her the NWA and AMS Broadcast Meteorology Seals of Approval. Amy and her husband live on a diverse farm in Kansas. Contact her [email protected]
Journalist Amy Hadachek is a two-time Emmy Award-winning meteorologist and storm chaser who has earned her the NWA and AMS Broadcast Meteorology Seals of Approval. She and her husband live on a diverse farm in Kansas. Contact her at [email protected]