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Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed, a fundraiser for 4-H, returns Saturday to Eagle

The annual 4-H Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed returns Saturday night to the Eagle River Center in Eagle. The event is the biggest benefit of the year for loca 4-H programs.
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If You Go ...

What: Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed.

When: Saturday, March 12. Dinner 6-8 p.m., followed by an auction and The Caleb Dean Band will perform until 10:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, Eagle.

Cost: Tickets are available from 4-H members or at the door. Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 6 to 12 and $9 for seniors 65 and older. A cash bar will be open all evening.

More information: The money goes to 4-H scholarships and Eagle County Fair Awards. Call 970-328-8630 or go to http://www.eaglecounty.us/csu.

Get yer gun

The auction features a handcrafted 10-gun gun cabinet and a Demi-lune table. To fill that gun cabinet, Trip’s Guns Supply in Eagle is coordinating a long list of firearms to be auctioned, including:

• Ruger 10/22 22LR Semi-Auto

• Browning A Bolt 270 Scope

• Henry .17HMR Varmint Express

• Weatherby Vanguard S2 30-06

• Savage 116 TH XP SS 338WM with Nikon 3-9x40mm Scope

• Savage 110 TH XP 7MM with Nikon 3-9x40mm Scope

• Savage 110 TH XP 300WM with Nikon 3-9x40mm Scope

• Savage Axis XP SS 243 with 3-9x40mm Scope

• Savage Axis XP SS 308 with 3-9x40mm Scope

• Savage Axis XP SS 7MM-08 with 3-9x40mm Scope

When the budget-cut ax fell on local 4-H scholarships and awards a few years ago, the kids stepped up to do something about it.

Bulls, it turns out, made a total commitment to the cause — if you know what we mean, and we think you do.

That’s why the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed returns Saturday to the Eagle River Center.

Rocky Mountain oysters are a delicacy, but if your palate runs to less exotic fare, they’ll have barbecue and everything that goes with it, as well as desserts.

The Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed has been around for 20 years. It was put together by 4-H volunteers. This year’s committee is 12 dedicated souls.

“Most of them don’t even have kids in 4-H. They’re just wonderful people,” said Jenny Leonetti, who helps run the local 4-H programs.

The money they raise will go to 4-H Grand Champion awards and the college scholarships that the club’s senior members earn every year.

“This is the only event of the year that sponsors scholarships, awards and club support. Without it, none of that would be possible,” Leonetti said.

4-H’ers gather silent auction items, sell tickets and make homemade desserts.

The live auction features 10 rifles. Tim O’Brien, of Shamrock Woodworking, created a 10-gun cabinet worth about $6,800 in which you can store them. He also created a demi-lune table. They’ll both be part of the live auction.

“When conceiving new projects, I dream it, draw it and build it,” O’Brien said. “After 34 years in wood, that’s how it comes together in my mind. Once visualized, the rest is relatively easy.”

O’Brien grew up in a 4-H family.

“My parents were leaders for a time while my sisters were involved in the sewing and equine disciplines and it did great things to keep a bunch of farm kids (10) busy and active with things that matter; good quality workmanship, animal care, responsibility,” O’Brien said. “I am quite pleased to donate my workmanship to such a worthy cause that will do so much good for so many. I encourage everyone to come out to join us and see for yourself.”

4-H for life

4-H is great training for life. It teaches kids to set long-term goals and work toward them, one step at a time. There’s very little instant gratification. There’s also room for success, along with the occasional failure, just like life.

4-H kids work on these projects all year. There’s the project and then there’s the book where they keep track of the project — how much time and money they spent on it.

Some of these kids will have six projects for three different clubs.

Horses are year-round. So is County Council, if you’re elected. Livestock projects begin in the fall and end when the fair does in late summer. All sorts of other clubs and projects require a kid’s attention for months at a time. Steers wander off like they’re in search of a support group for beleaguered bovines. Horses act up because, well … they’re horses, and they don’t need a reason.

You get to be in 4-H for about 10 years and then you go off to college or work or life.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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