• By Ryan Farley, Extension Agent

4-H/Youth Development: Woodford County 4-H June adventures


Team members Gracie Metzger, Trevor Varner and Brenna Dotson at the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest on Wednesday, June 20. (Photo submitted)

While for many the summer might mean a relaxing time spent by the pool, Woodford County 4-H has been here, there and everywhere, participating in all sorts of amazing opportunities with youth from across the state.

Monday, June 11, saw four teens, Aidan Teague, Jackson Gordon, Kaitlyn Lobisger and Lily Mullins, take off to the campus of the University of Kentucky for the 2018 4-H Teen Conference. While there they stayed in the new dorms, ate at “The 90”, participated in a major, elected new state 4-H officers, took part in a community service project and danced it up at two dances. 4-H Teen Conference is the premiere event for 4-H teens from across the state and over 550 teens were present. Not only did participants learn a great deal, they also made connections with teens from all over and learned more about all of the great opportunities available for teens in 4-H.

On Tuesday, June 19, the Woodford County 4-H Livestock Judging Team travelled down to Muhlenberg County to take part in the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. Around 250 youth from across the state spent all day on Tuesday judging classes of cattle, sheep, pigs and goats, answering questions and giving reasons as they developed their public speaking and critical thinking skills. Woodford County participants included Brenna Dotson, Gracie Metzger and Trevor Varner. Congratulations to all of these 4-Hers, and a special congratulations to Gracie Metzger for placing second in goat, ninth in swine, and eighth in beef, which propelled her to ninth place overall individual senior. Because she placed in the top 20, Gracie has been invited to continue competing with the chance to participate in the State 4-H Livestock Judging team in the fall.

If you are interested in learning more about 4-H teen programming or 4-H livestock programming, call 859-873-4601.

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