By Laura Allen
For the Salisbury Post
The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we do things, but it has not stopped Rowan County 4-H. Members have been busy meeting virtually with their 4-H clubs, competing in 4-H competitions and participating in other 4-H activities. Currently, Rowan youth are invited to participate in the weekly challenges. Soon, information will be available about plans for Summer Fun activities.
4-H presentations and talent
On April 27-28, Rowan County 4-H’ers competed in 4-H presentations and 4-H talent competitions for the annual County Activity Day. Typically, this event happens face-to-face, but this year, these competitions occurred virtually. Eleven 4-H’ers worked to prepare speeches that were 5-12 minutes long and then presented them to two judges via Zoom. Two 4-H’ers participated in 4-H talent where they submitted videos that were judged. This year’s participants included:
Luke Allen — Category: Cloverbud; award: participation
Baylee Hampton — Category: Cloverbud; award: participation
Guy Deal — Category: Livestock and dairy production, first place
Mason Gabosch — Category: Public speaking, first place
Samantha Simon — Category: Careers and entrepreneurship, first place
Olivia Stirrup — Category: Hospitality, etiquette and social graces, first place
Jaysa Causby — Category: Agricultural safety and health, first place
Ryleigh Fulghum — Category: Arts and communication, first place
Laney Gabosch — Category: Health/fitness, first place
Kayla Hampton — Category: Horse, first place
Anonymous 4-H’er — Category: Fruits and vegetables, first place
All of the above 4-H’ers are eligible to participate/compete during the upcoming Virtual District Activity Day.
NC 4-H virtual horse judging competition
The N.C. 4-H horse judging competition was also moved to a virtual format for 2020. 4-H’ers from across North Carolina judged 12 online video classes including four halter and eight performance classes. Participants also had to answer five questions about each class and upload a set of written reasons defending their placings. This year, Allison Mares of the Happy Trails 4-H Club competed in this event, placing ninth individually in the junior division. She was coached by 4-H club leader volunteer Maggie Boreman.
Rowan County 4-H weekly challenges:
Rowan County 4-H has issued weekly challenges over the next six weeks for Rowan youth to participate in. Each challenge allows youth to use their head, heart, hands or health, which is what the four Hs stand for. At the end of each week, all those who participated in that week’s challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a 4-H item.
The challenges include:
May 4-10: Thank You Note Challenge
May 11-17: Photo Challenge
May 18-24: Environmental Challenge
May 25-31: Healthy Living Challenge
June 1-7: Nature Challenge
June 8-14: Creativity Challenge
These weekly challenges are open to any Rowan County youths ages 5-18 (as of Jan. 1). Participants must be enrolled in 4HOnline at nc.4honline.com. Photos with “proof” of the week’s completed challenge must be emailed no later than each Sunday by 11:59 p.m. to the 4-H agent at firstname.lastname@example.org. No late entries accepted.
A flyer with all the details for each challenge has been posted on the Rowan County 4-H Facebook page and weekly reminders will be posted there as well. If you would like a copy of the flyer and all challenge details, email email@example.com.
Rowan County 4-H is busy planning activities for virtual and home-based Summer Fun activities. Once plans are solidified, this information will be posted on the Facebook page and website at rowan.ces.ncsu.edu.
Now is a great time to explore the opportunities that 4-H has to offer. If you have questions about the Rowan County 4-H program, which is open to youth ages 5-18 (as of Jan. 1), then contact 4-H Agent Laura Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-216-8970.