Emily Harris and her grand champion heifer, Lady, at the South Country Crafts and Critters Corona Classic.

Updates from the Baynes Lake 4H Club

The South Country’s 4H club wrapped up another stellar year of leadership, livestock and personal development with their South Country Crafts and Critters Corona Classic.

4H stands for head, heart, health and hands. The club is an agriculture based youth group where children learn about the morals, values, and ethics of raising livestock, along with a variety of other life skills such as cooking, sewing, public speaking, and crafting.

According to the 4H Club beef and foods leader, Sarann Press, the ultimate goal of 4H is to empower children, instilling in them a sense of confidence and responsibility through their various programs. Striving to encourage kids to learn to do by doing, the South Country’s 4H club currently has 35 members aged six to 21, with children aged nine and up participating in agricultural competitions.

“I love that this program defines what youth can become,” said Press. “I am always so proud of 4H kids, they always stand out in a crowd. The 4H Club really shines at building leaders for the future, and it also promotes agriculture, which is so important right now, especially with the pandemic highlighting where our food comes from and where it’s raised.”

According to Press, though COVID-19 made this year look different, club members and their families rallied together to ensure the program continued to run, albeit in socially distant ways. Though the club could not participate in their regular end of year shows, Press managed to organize an event dubbed the South Country Crafts and Critters Corona Classic, held on May 29 and June 2.

The steer show took place on May 29, where Ellie Oestreich received first place, Sawyer Hutchinson, second, and Payton Hutchinson, third. On the second day, the heifer program competed, where Emily Harris came in first, Emily Filimek, second, and Ashley Galandy, third.

“I really like that when you raise an animal, it is really supportive, and they give you a really big responsibility because you have to take care of an animal,” said 4H club member, Brooklyn Clarke. “It’s not like your parents going out every day to feed that thing and giving it water and scooping its pen, its you going out to check it.”

Though being a part of the club is a big time commitment, Press said that the program is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn valuable life skills in a safe, creative, and educational environment. For more information, visit the local 4H website at Cranbrookanddistrict4h.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Payton Hutchinson and her third place steer. Photo Submitted

Ashley Galandy stands beside her award winning, third place heifer. Photo Submitted

Ellie Oestreich and her South Country Crafts and Critters Corona Classic Grand Champion steer. Photo Submitted

Alexa Maurin smiles next to her livestock project.

Emily Filimek smiles next to her Reserve Champion heifer. Photo Submitted

Brooklyn Clarke stands next to her prize pig. Photos Submitted

Sawyer Hutchinson poses with his second place steer. Photo Submitted

Just Posted

Elkford Chamber launches a Youth Chamber Program

The program encourages youth to start their own businesses while developing community connections

Grad Committee donates leftover funds to food bank

Approximately $3,650 was donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Fernie

Health care priorities debated following surprise funding announcement

Surprise provincial funding stirs debate on local health care priorities during regional meeting

Fernie treated to a Tiny Concert in the Park

Shred Kelly members Tim Newton and Sage McBride played a live concert for the first time since February

Community groups receive funding through annual CFKR grants

Groups throughout the entire Elk Valley were supported through this year’s round of funding

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Most Read