Ward County 4-H held its Achievement Days June 23-26 at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. The four-day event is designed for 4-H youth to exhibit projects they are enrolled in and be judged in those exhibits with the hopes of moving on to the State Fair.
The horse show, judged by Bob Anderson from Cleveland, N.D., took place on Monday, June 23. A total of 31 horse exhibitors participated in the show, with five of them coming from out of county. Each exhibitor had the option of participating in six Western events, four timed events, and four English events. Top honors went to Casey Evanson, Peri Wilson and Indee Thunshelle in each of their respective age divisions.
Tuesday was a full day, beginning with the small pet show, poultry and rabbits, and ending with interview static judging. The small pet show consisted of a dog show, cat show, mini horse show and guinea pig show. The shows were judged by Carrie Bush, Lina Berg and Laurel Gram. The overall small pet winner was awarded to Peri Wilson. The poultry and rabbit show was judged by Heather Nester from Reeder. A total of 67 rabbit exhibits and 63 poultry exhibits were judged. Top honors went to Kara Scheresky, Hannah Remington and David Scheresky in the rabbit show. Hannah Remington and Wyatt Kersten took top honors in the poultry show.
During static judging, each exhibitor was judged according to the category their project fit into when looking at the ND State Fair 4-H Division Exhibit List book. The Plant Science category contains classes in crop production and horticulture. A total of 99 exhibits were entered. The Environment and Earth Sciences category contains class subjects including forestry, outdoor skills and environment. A total of 24 exhibits made up this category. The next category is titled Science, Engineering and Technology. Class exhibits included welding and woodworking projects. A total of 60 projects were entered in the Science, Engineering and Technology category. Our smallest category is titled Citizenship, Personal Development and Leadership. Only nine exhibitors participated in classes titled "do your own thing," "building skills for life" and "communication." Creative Arts had the largest number of 4-H exhibits. Creative Arts is also a large category due to the number of class options. Class options consist of clay and plasterware, drawing and painting, leather craft, scrapbooking, wood arts, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, quilting and photography. Over 350 exhibits
were entered under the Creative Arts category. Healthy Lifestyle Education is the second-most-exhibited category with 168 entries in classes that contain food and nutrition, baking and cooking, outdoor eating and food preservation. The Family and Consumer Science category had a total of 56 exhibits. Classes under Family and Consumer Science include clothing and textiles, money management and home environment. The category of Animal Science contains exhibits such as apiary science and poultry production. A total of 37 exhibits were entered. Exhibitors who show animals are also required to keep record books of their animals and exhibit their books to be judged.
Best of Show winners were selected in each State Fair-eligible category during static judging. The Plant Science winner was Tucker Johnson. Environment and Earth Sciences winners were Madison Cooper and Eli Hennessy. Science, Engineering and Technology winners were Jayden Whanger and Kimberly Shappell. Creative Arts winners were Jessie Johnson and Emily Beck. Best of Show in Health Lifestyle Education were Dalyce Leslie and Emily Beck. Kimberly Shappell and Fletcher Hennessy received Best of Show in Family and Consumer Science, while Jaryn Bennett received Best of Show in Animal Science.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the livestock show took place. Exhibitors showed swine, sheep, goats and beef. A total of 25 swine, 15 sheep, 26 goats and 29 beef rounded off the 2014 Ward County Achievement Days. The judge was Justin Crosswhite from North Dakota State University. Shelby Hennessy took supreme female beef. Champion market steer went to Kayla Schaefer. Champion female sheep went to Anne Schauer, with Brekken Bachmeier receiving champion market lamb. Champion market swine was awarded to Holly Schaefer and champion market goat to Lizzy Black. Top livestock showman winners in each age division went to Aspen Hennessy, Fletcher Hennessy and Shelby Hennessy for beef; Matthew Schauer, Thomas Schauer and Lindsey Sys for sheep; Holly Schaefer, Sidney Lovelace and Rylan Bachmeier for swine; and Tate Novodvorsky, Hope Scheresky and Lizzy Black took top showmen with goats.
Achievement Days concluded with the 4-H BBQ, awards ceremony and livestock premium sale. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and premium sale buyers for helping make this year's Achievement Days a success. Also a great big thank you to the North Dakota State Fair grounds crew and staff.
(Micky Zurcher is the 4-H Youth Development Agent in the Ward County office of the North Dakota State University Extension Service.)