A roundup of 4-H news for Sept. 4, 2008

ELLSWORTH, Ohio — Several members of Western Reserve Rangers 4-H club were recognized at the August family fun night for their accomplishments at the 2008 Ohio State Fair.

Following the Communications Days event, first place clock trophy awards went to Blake Algarin for a multimedia presentation; Katherine Pitcairn for a PowerPoint presentation; and to Cheyenne Rowbotham for her demonstration. Cheyenne also received a clock trophy for her Tobacco and You Project.

Presley Cummings received a superior project award (presented to the top 10 percent) for her scrapbooking project.

Outstanding of the Day awards (given to the top 20 percent) were earned by Blake Algarin for veterinary science II; Megan Day for leadership skills II; Max Timmins for gun safety; Robert Voland for forestry and Katherine Pitcairn for her self-determined project.

Club president Amelia Shrader was honored to judge leadership projects at the Ohio State Fair. Hannah Shrader, Delorean Jones, and Blake Algarin assisted state 4-H leaders during judging events and moderated several award programs during the state fair.

Congratulations to Megan Day and Amelia Shrader who were selected to serve on the 4-H Royal Court and Amanda Majirsky, Amelia Shrader and Megan Day who will be on the Mahoning County Outstanding Youth Court at the 2008 Canfield Fair.

Serving as a camp counselor at three state camps this summer was Amelia Shrader. Megan Day was a county junior camp counselor at 4-H Camp Whitewood.

Kayla Vega read a thank you from the Beachwood Aveda Team thanking us for our participation in their environmental bottle cap collection drive.

Teens were encouraged by Blake Algarin to make plans to attend the 2009 Ohio 4-H Teen Conference in Columbus Feb. 21, 2009.

Amanda Majirsky went over the procedure for checking animals in at the Canfield Fair and Jim Pitcairn reminded livestock project members to turn their completed project books in during the fair.

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CHARDON, Ohio — The Swingin’ Hams swine 4-H club has been hard at work preparing for the Geauga County Fair.

Monthly meetings have yielded progress in forming various committees. Each group will have its own contributing factor to the fair, whether it be putting up decorations, preparing for the arrival of animals, or mixing up milkshakes. Members gathered Aug. 16 to clean and set up the swine barn.

The club is also working on collecting canned goods for a food-a-thon, which will be given to the less fortunate.

The club has also taken part in training for the fair shows. A showmanship clinic was held July 23 to teach members what they needed to know for showmanship.

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