Chatham County 4-H Livestock Show 2017
Chatham County 4-H debut their annual 4-H Livestock Show at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center on September 23, 2017. Larilee Isley and Marty Allen from the conference center worked many hours preparing for this wonderful event, big kudos to them! We now have a beautiful livestock arena on the west side of the property for future livestock shows. 4-H agent and interim director, Ginger Cunningham, worked many long hours as well organizing and preparing for this event. Liz Mauney, 4-H assistant, worked on locating sponsors and vendors for the show. 4-h would like to thank all of the volunteers that made this event so successful.
Kids throughout the state came to Chatham County hoping that they could go back home with a grand champion. Counties that were represented were Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Hoke, Ricmond, Moore, Johnston, Stanly, Stokes, Alamance, and of course Chatham. These kids and their parents have worked tirelessly to show their livestock animals. During the show our judge, Callie Birdsell Carson, critiqued each animal while in the arena. After her critique with each individual participant she'd announce the winner from each group. Winners from each group would then return to the arena and compete against one another for the Grand Champion award. The winners now go on to compete at the NC State Fair. We wish them all the best of luck!
The livestock show was split up into two groups. During the morning session the cows were shown. The afternoon show was dedicated to the goats. We were all in for a treat with the mid-day showing by our county commissioners and county manager. They showed off cows and pigs and what a show it was! Renee Paschal and Diana Hales showed off the pigs, thinking the pigs would be much easier to handle than a cow. Rumor has it that they have put in a request to show a cow at next year's show! The rest of the commissioners proudly showed off their cows in the arena by carefully guiding them by our guest judges, our more experienced 4-Her's. Our county commissioners and county manager were all given an award and a medal to proudly wear around their necks. Renee and Diana were also given a Carolina Farm Credit herding stick so that they can practice on their pig herding skills for future events.
To find out about other events that 4-H and Cooperative Extension will be hosting, please visit our website at chatham.ces.ncsu.edu .