4-H raises funds for camp trip

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Iris Schneider, left, talks with Dennis Saunders about a wall decoration in the shape of North Carolina on Saturday during the annual Nash County 4-H Quadpods Livestock Judging Club yard sale at the Nash County Agriculture Center in Nashville.


Staff Writer

Monday, February 19, 2018

An annual indoor yard sale was held Saturday to help raise money for a youth Nash County 4-H club out of town camp trips.

Melissa Winner, a 4-H adult volunteer at the Nash County Agriculture Center, said this was the sixth year of the yard sale as proceeds went to the Quadpods Livestock Judging Club to help offset the cost for the camps and clinics the club participants attend during the summer in Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.

Winner said the 13 youths involved in the Quadpods Livestock Judging Club ranged between 9 through 18. The youth mostly live in Nash County, but also reside in Edgecombe County and Halifax County. The junior club members between 9 to 13 usually go to the livestock judging camps at Virginia Tech, while the senior club members between 14 to 18 go to the camps in Oklahoma.

The camps at Virginia Tech cost about $125 per child, while the Oklahoma trip without totaling airfare is usually $200 per child, Winner said.

“This is why we do these types of fundraisers because these trips are expensive,” said Kelsey Lichtenwalner, livestock agent for Nash County Cooperative Extension. “We’ve a very active livestock judging team and they participate in state competitions throughout the year, but to help get more competitive and really honed our skills that’s why we go out of state.”

Winner said youth at the livestock camps judge four animal species of goats, cattle, sheeps and hogs. The judging team members learn to take notes on the classes of animals they judge by writing pros and cons for each animal. The members present their reasons to experts in the livestock judging field in which they have the opportunity to convince the expert that their placing was the correct placing of the class, Winner explained.

She said the members learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, effective communication skills, analytical thinking and self-confidence.

“When they have to give oral reasons to the judges or experts and defend how they placed the animals, it gives the campers experience at doing public speaking and learning how to build confidence in themselves by explaining why they judge the animals the way they did,” Winner said. It’s never easy getting in front of people and talking and that’s what they work the most on at those camps.”

Olivia Daughtridge, 13, an eighth grade student at Edwards Middle School, has participated on the Quadpods Livestock Judging Club for the last four years. Daughtridge said she learned a lot from her experience last year in Virginia Tech.

“Going to the camp was fun and it really helped me learned more about livestock judging,” Daughtridge said. “With me being soft spoking, one of the biggest challenges for me is going into a room and standing in front of judges and giving my reasons for why I place a particular animal in that class.I used to pick the animals based on how they looked the best, but just going to competition and camps like in Viriginia Tech there is more technical things that I have learned. Hopefully, with this yard sale fundraiser and others that we can earned the money to go back to Virginia Tech and Oklahoma.”

Winner said 12 of the 20 vendors set up tables for the fundraiser, while six were not able to make it because they were ill. She anticipated the livestock judging club raising between $300 to $500 and lower than the $800 it raised last year because of less vendor participation. The money from the fundraiser came from the vendor fee and money received from items donated by people in the community. 

The Quadpods Livestock Judging Club will have more fundraisers coming up to help pay for the camp trips to Oklahoma and Virginia Tech, including selling baked goods in front of the Tractor Supply Store in Rocky Mount in the near future.

“This is by no means is the only fundraiser and we will do a lot others to help raise money,” Lichtenwalner said.