BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
While participation is down a bit from last year’s Diamond Jubilee edition of the Edgecombe County 4-H Livestock Show, competition will be hot and heavy for the 84 youth and families who are participating in the 76th annual show, scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday at the Eastern Carolina Agriculture and Education Center, located at 1175 Kingsboro Road.
Youngsters will show their steers, lambs, goats and hogs during the two-day event, which gets under way with the weighing in of cattle, hogs, lambs and meat goats from 7-11 a.m. Tuesday. The livestock judging contest will be held from 12:45-4:30 p.m. and, while that is ongoing, weigh-ins will be held for the Cloverbud goats, followed by the Cloverbud goat show from 2:30-4 p.m.
The Cloverbud program is designed for youngsters in grades K-3 to help them get started and become established 4-Hers.
The county skillathon challenge will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. and the meat goat show will be held from 5-7 p.m. A new addition to this year’s schedule of events is a special awards show, slated to get under way at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the show gets serious — with blue ribbons and championships on the line. Things get started Wednesday with the market hog show from 8-9:30, followed by the market steer show from 10-11:30. After a brief break, action returns to the show ring when participants show their market lambs between 12:30 and 2:30.
Following the various shows, photos will be taken at 3:30 and a Pig Pickin’ for family members will be held at 5 p.m. The awards ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. and the sale is schedule for 6:30.
The 4-H Youth program is one of the oldest and largest informal educational efforts in public education in the United States. The mission objectives of 4-H are to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. These skills are much more than physical skills and are a combination of acting, thinking, and feeling. They help 4-H'ers function as adults in society and accept responsibilities, gain ability to communicate, inquire, solve problems, make decisions, and work with other people.
4-H livestock opportunities are educational experiences that enhance youth to achieve 4-H objectives. There is probably no other 4-H activity that has more potential for educational and personal development of youth than 4-H livestock projects and shows. The main objectives of the program deal with the young person, not the animal. The experience of youth owning and working with animals, being responsible for their care, health, and growth, and exhibiting them in a competitive environment is a tremendous character building process.4-H livestock projects provide youth with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the livestock industry and production. Through 4-H livestock experiences youth learn about selection and evaluation, nutrition and feeding, health and daily care, reproduction, marketing, and much more. Youth learn to accept responsibility, to value hard work, think critically and make decisions.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution to support the financial side of the 4-H Livestock Show and Sale are encouraged to call 641-7827.