Our family of four enjoyed an outstanding first year as a 4-H family at the fair. There were a lot more details to tend to than we realized, but we have been overwhelmed by multiple offers to help. There is a steep learning curve, but we all agree that the investment in time, effort, sweat and cash has been worth it!
We were in line to have the calves weighed in when a 4-Her in her final year asked Henry if it was his first year. When he said yes she asked if he was doing showmanship. When he said yes she offered to practice with him.
These ladies did well because this boy channeled his inner GRIT and held the head of his calf higher than his while continually working to set him up properly. He won fifth place in junior showmanship!
Then there was an announcement that he tied for fourth place for rate of gain with the same calf.
Oh yeah and we had a baby there too…
This post doesn’t even address the countless hours 4-H advisors spent helping us weigh animals, explain how things work, practice showing at home, etc. Neither of these awards would’ve been possible without coaching, time, follow-up and more.
A farmer at the fair gave us vet wrap in between classes to make the show halter easier to hold. Some people helped rinse, feed and lead calves. We had help with passes to get in the fair. So many people have sacrificed to offer support. So many people made our fair fun and possible.
Next thing you know our Little Farmer is given a special tender, loving care award in memory of a past 4-Her. The award came with a plaque. I NEVER saw it coming, but Henry came up and joyfully shared that he found a friend to hold his awards while he sold. My mind is still blown with this series of events. I knew it was a slippery slope…
We’ve had a fairtastic, funtastic and fantastic week thanks to so many for caring, helping and sharing!