Rites of passage
by Beth Sergent
MASON COUNTY — Members of Mason County’s many 4-H clubs have two major rites of passage each summer — 4-H camp and the county fair.
The Mason County Fair is just weeks away and many 4-H members are getting ready to present their livestock projects. Lorrie Wright, extension program assistant, said this year livestock project numbers are holding steady with an increase in goat projects and a slightly decrease in hog projects.
Wright said this year 4-H members have 75 goat projects, 34 steer projects, 78 feeder calf projects, 97 hog projects and 46 sheep projects. Wright said the number of other junior exhibits won’t be known until the Sunday prior to the fair when they are registered.
In all there are 489 youth involved in 4-H clubs across Mason County along with 200 volunteer leaders.
Many of these members recently attended 4-H camp earlier this summer with around 200 members showing up, including nearly 100 members each in the older and younger camps. The older camp was for members in seventh grade through 21 years old and the younger camp was for members eight years old through sixth grade.
For five days this summer, 4-H’ers gathered at their official camp in Southside on Pond Branch Rd. Special guest Scott Tinsley gave a demonstration on tomahawk throwing while living history presentations were made by Dan Cutler who portrayed Chief Cornstalk and Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley who portrayed Daniel Boone. An Oregon Trail game was also one of the highlights with everyone in the camp participating and of course the camp dance for older members remained a favorite event.
Wright said camp allows 4-H members from across the county to meet kids from other schools and establishment friendships they might not otherwise have an opportunity to make.
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