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Poka_Doodle

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Four of my children went through 4-H. They were all County All Stars, one was a State Diamond Star, and all of them were camp counselors, with 3 being head counselor. They showed every kind of livestock, participated in Field Days, Judging Days, Seminars, and did innumerable projects. (The yuonger boys even tried sewing. The baseball PJs DS3 made are being proudly worn by his son now.) They took away so much from the experiences to use in their lives. They are all now in their 40's and 30's. Sadly 4-H and the Fair in our area folded before our youngest (25) got to experience it but she has experienced the work ethic with livestock.

These experiences will stay with you forever. If you have a 4-H record book with photos, treasure it. You can chart your own growth through the years in it. (Our 4-H Books live in a special cupboard and they are first to be rescued in case of fire! LOL)

Congratulations on your growth through 4-H. Depending on the college you choose, FFA is available in colleges with animal husbandry programs. Or consider becoming a 4-H Leader yourself. You can pass on your skills and knowledge to upcoming 4-H youth.
Thank you so much for what you shared. I believe that I do have most of my record book materials saved, somewhere around the house.
As far as what's next with that stuff, there really is no FFA option for me, but I have some other plans in the works to stay involved in a few ways. Now it is my time to go help the next generation, and I really can't stay away from this stuff.
 

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More stories and pictures to come, but for now I want to share a super special memory of my last night of fair.
I had sold my wether in the auction that evening, and my time in 4h was starting to come down to hours left. I was worried about my ewe with not having her best friend with her. Initially she was fine, but when I came to check on her later, she clearly was upset. Part of me thinks she knew, at the very least she was worried. Fireworks were starting soon, and it was the last time I would watch County Fair fireworks as a 4h member. Knowing how upset my ewe was, I didn’t think she would do well in her pen alone, so I decided to just walk her over with me to watch. I snapped a couple photos of her with the fireworks, but a friend captured the coolest picture ever. Just a girl and her lamb, grieving their friend and sharing their final night together.
I loaded my ewe on somebody else’s trailer the next evening and my time in 4h came to an end, but I’m beyond grateful for every last memory we got, and this one certainly is special.
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