Friday, June 17, 2016

4-H, FFA members shine at Shasta District Fair

For 4-H and FFA members throughout Shasta County, up to a year of work and preparation is culminating in this week's Shasta District Fair in Anderson.

In the photos, from the top: 4-H'er Madeline Evans, 12, of Redding shows one of her dairy goats; Happy Valley 4-H members (from left) Matthew Bybee, Bethany Chambers, Maddie Coburn and Cody Williams stand behind the swine barn; and FFA member Dustin McNeely of Anderson stands next to the garden cart he made in shop class and entered in the fair's metal shop contest, winning best of show.

Madeline has a junior champion dairy goat at the fair and her rabbit won best of show. But what's really interesting is she's been using milk from her dairy goats to make soap, and earned more than $1,000 from sales of the soap to put into her projects. Watch for my feature on her at CapitalPress.com soon. I'll have stories on the other youngsters in an education section set to run in a few weeks.

A special thank-you goes to Nadine Bailey of Family Water Alliance, who helps out with Happy Valley 4-H and has been at the fair this week. The fair's livestock coordinator usually lets me know of one or two interesting stories at the fair each year, but she abruptly left her post about a week before this year's fair. I know Nadine from her work on the logging conference and as a former legislative field rep, and she lined up many of the students and parents I talked to today.

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