Vail Daily letter: 4-H for everyone
Vail, CO Colorado
I have been in the 4-H program since I was 5, and started out as a Cloverbud and have been with 4-H every year since. I am currently with the Burns Hole 4-H Club and have two market steers.
In my years in 4-H I have had market hogs, leathercraft, and market steers as projects. These projects, the animals especially, have taught me a lot about responsibility and learning to manage my money. From a young age, I have had to take care of animals every day and work with them to get them ready for fair. It also takes a lot of self discipline to work with your projects to try and get them ready in time for the fair.
I have also been involved in our exchange trip for the past two years. Kids from North Dakota came down and stayed with us for one week in 2007, and in 2008 we traveled to North Dakota. Just in the recent few weeks, we flew to Ohio for a week . In the summer of 2010, those same kids will come and stay with us for a week. It has been real eye-opening to see how people live in different parts of the country.
I have also been in the catch-a-calf program this last year. In a rodeo last summer, 20-plus 4-H’ers and I went into the rodeo to try and catch one of three calves that were turned loose. I was fortunate enough to catch one and received a free calf from the Schlegel Ranch in Burns.
Part of the project is to write a monthly letter giving an update on my steer and sending it to the Extension Office and the ranch from which I received the steer. It has taught me a lot of discipline to make myself write a letter every month and making sure that it is sent off on time.
Last year at the fair, I only had steers for a project. I sold my steer at the auction to Scott Green Excavating. I will admit I did not talk to Scott Green myself, but he still bought my steer when nobody else was bidding on it. I am very appreciative to him for that.
I know that some people think that 4-H is just for weird kids with animals, but it is not. There is something in 4-H that everybody can do. Once you do find a project that you like, you learn a lot.
4-H is a wonderful program and I am proud to be in it right here in Eagle County. I would like to invite everyone to the 2009 Eagle County Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning with a barbecue for all potential buyers at noon and he auction starting at 1p.m. in the Eagle River Center. Come out for a chance to buy a quality market animal home grown by our local 4-H kids!
– Nathan Horn, Burns