The annual Emmet County 4-H Spring Achievement Days took place on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, at the community center on the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey. The event is designed as an opportunity for the county's 4-H members to exhibit their winter projects, experience interview type evaluations and be awarded summer trip scholarships.
This year, more than 265 projects were exhibited and evaluated, representing multiple project areas. Included were: personal appearance, visual arts and crafts, needle crafts, pottery, metal work, woodworking, livestock (beef, sheep, swine), rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses, junior leadership, foods, veterinary science projects and record keeping.
During the weekend event, 4-H members met with project area evaluators and, through an interview process, ribbons were awarded and scholarship winners selected. On Friday, personal appearance projects were evaluated and on Saturday morning members involved in livestock, horse, small animals, dogs, crafts and junior leadership projects were evaluated.
Clubs were also busy on Saturday setting up their club exhibits. The club with the most creative display received a gift certificate for 4-H products from the National 4-H Supply Service Catalog. The award is sponsored by the Emmet County 4-H Council and was awarded to the Pounding Hooves 4-H Horse Club for its "Magic of Horses" club display.
On Saturday evening, an awards program took place and was attended by 4-H members, leaders and families. The 4-H'ers involved in personal appearance clubs participated in a fashion revue and style show, with modeling coordinator Jan Jarvis assisting. Flower awards were presented to the top scoring models in each of the four age divisions. The winners were selected on the basis of their modeling ability, fit, poise, grooming and choice of accessories. Fashion revue judges were Tammy Fettig and Amy Howard.
Style show awards
The following 4-H members received awards for their participation in the style show:
Beginning Sewer (age 5-9) -- winner, Azleigh Haley; runner-up, Meghan Sexson
Young Sewer (age 10-11) -- winner, Jeannie Crittendon; runner-up, Abby Sterly; honorable mention, Robert Vorce
Junior Sewer (age 12-14) -- winner, Garth Vorce
Senior Sewer (age 15-19) -- winner, Jana Tahtinen; runner-up, Oryonah Ross
The flower awards were provided by Flowers From Nature's Garden and by Flower's From Kegomic.
Following the style show, scholarships were presented by the representatives of the sponsoring organizations. 4-H members were awarded scholarships to attend the annual 4-H Exploration Days event, June 18-21, at Michigan State University. Scholarship recipients and sponsors include:
Personals Appearance, Emmet County Homemaker's Association -- Oryonah Ross
Crafts, Emmet County Homemaker's Association -- Heather Dufek
Crafts, Petoskey Plastics -- Jordan Seida
Crafts, Circuit Controls Corp. -- Carrie Coy
Crafts, Soil Conservation District -- Reilly Ingleson
Horses, Circuit Controls Corp. -- Kayla Rose
Horses, Emmet-Charlevoix County 4-H Horse Council -- Chanel Lockett
Companion Animal, Goldsmith Well Drilling -- Von Procknow
Livestock, Emmet-Charlevoix County 4-H Market Livestock Association -- Kortney Heckman
Junior Leadership, Petoskey Plastics -- Elizabeth Kurburski
Junior Leadership, Goldsmith Well Drilling -- Emily Kurburski
Project evaluators for the two-day event were: Pam Greenhoe, Megan Healey, Christine Reyner, Shirley Burns, Laura Nachazel and Agnes Shaw. Serving as judging assistants were Sherry Webster, Bonnie Zowada and Becky Swiger.
Additional support was received from 4-H volunteers and parents: Brenda Covey, Jan Jarvis, Anne Kurburski, Elizabeth, Emily and Katie Kurburski, Peter and Luke Kurburski, Patti Watchorn, Katherine and Megan Watchorn, and Sherry Webster.