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4-H hosts end-of-the-year banquet

By Andrea Holata

BRIGHTON — To end a year of responsibility and hard work, Tribal 4-Hers were rewarded with a banquet on June 26 at the Brighton Veteran’s Building.

Family and 4-H Club staff gathered in the auditorium to recognize the youth for their dedication to raising their projects throughout the 4-H season.

Immokalee 4-H leader Melonie Hamlett welcomed the youth on stage to recite the 4-H Pledge and the Pledge of Allegiance before dinner.

For the awards portion, Hamlett introduced former Board Rep. and current cattle director Alex Johns, who thanked the youth for all their hard work and reminded them of the value of 4-H.

“I didn’t know it at the time, but the things that you learn in 4-H are going to be useful throughout life,” Johns said. “Parliamentary procedure and learning about government are going to be useful life skills, so don’t take it for granted.”

Cattle owners and swine producers received plaques for producing the Grand Champion and Reserved Grand Champion steers and swine, and many others received awards throughout the night.

Graduating seniors and elected officers were also commended, as well as those involved with horse club, heifer club, record book, steer, swine and small animals. Specific recognition was given to those participating in the club for certain lengths of time.

“I am proud of the 4-H staff as they go beyond their duties from office to taking leadership to go that extra mile for the youngsters to make the 4-H program a success,” 4-H coordinator Polly Hayes said. “We all look forward to another great year.”

Next year’s show and sale will take place in Brighton in conjunction with Brighton Field Day from Feb. 10-12, Hayes said. There will be new restrooms and a new barn for the steers.

“The 4-H has been overhauling the old hog farm at Brighton with all-new, quality show stock,” she said. “4-Hers will be able to pick out show-quality pigs in November to be ready for show in February.”

Youth interested in raising steer projects are encouraged to check with cattle owners. Shipping will begin July 9, Hayes said.

For more information and for steer contacts, call the 4-H office at 863-763-5020.

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