Prepping for The Fair

Sharon Teague, left, hands out awards at the conclusion of the horse show.Lindsay Newall
in lineup following a class.

August 3, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Photos taken by Kim Bezanson and Dana Friede

While you are at the Western Montana Fair seeking thrills on carnival rides and eating all that great fair food, save plenty of time to visit the Exhibit Barn and the Animal Barns to see what the kids of the Seeley Lake Trailblazers 4-H Club have been up to since the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year. To these kids, fair time is a whole lot more than carnival rides and great food. It's when their many efforts to complete projects are recognized, and when the rewards of being in 4-H are highlighted.

Chris Brown, professional horse trainer at Horseshoe Hills Guest Ranch, was judge for the show. Shown here judging Heather Bezanson.

Lindsay Newell, left, and Heather Bezanson in horse games.

At the start of each school year, 4-H kids choose a project that can be anything from knitting to raising a steer. There is something for every interest and grade level. Along with monthly club meetings and fun-filled gatherings (the annual sledding party), adult mentors help kids complete the many requirements of their chosen project. Requirements include neatly completing a project workbook, giving club demonstrations and/or participating in county-level training seminars.

Breanne Wider with her quilting project.

Ryan Nichols with his 4-H cow.

The 4-H year culminates at the Western Montana Fair when the kids' projects are judged on the county-wide level. Guidelines and criteria vary for each project, but can include an interview, a demonstration, animal showmanship in the ring and/or market animal judging. For kids with a market animal, competition ends with an animal auction. Anyone, even readers of this article, can bid on market animals!



So fair-goers, plan to visit the Exhibit Barn to see the Trailblazers' entries, and visit our kids in the Animal Barns. When you see our Seeley Lake kids, you'll no doubt want to congratulate them.

(At left, Megan Rose gets advice from the Judge.)





Michael Biggins, left, Meagan Rose, and Michaela Dunlap at the sheep show.


Judging results of the Seeley Lake Trailblazers will be published in the Pathfinder.


4-H Fair Schedule

Saturday, August 5, 10:00 a.m. - Dog show begins

Sunday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. - Horse judging begins; 10:30 a.m. - Horse show starts in rodeo arena

Wednesday, August 9, 12:30 p.m. - 4-H livestock meeting

Thursday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. - Market lamb judging; 5:00 p.m. - Market beef judging

Friday, August 11, 9:00 a.m. - Market hog judging; Noon - Breeding sheep judging; 4:00 p.m. - Beef showmanship

Saturday, August 12, 8:00 a.m. - Market Livestock Sale; 1:00 p.m. - Hog showmanship; 3:30 p.m. - Sheep showmanship; 3:45 - 10:00 p.m. - Seeley Lake Trailblazers shift at 4-H Cafe

Sunday, August 13, 1:00 p.m. - Baking contests; 2:00 p.m. - Awards Ceremony


Katie Biggins practicing on her horse.


Seeley Lake Trailblazers 4-H Club Members & Projects

Jessi Baker - Horse, Foods, Archery & Air Rifle

Heather Bezanson - Horse

Katie Biggins - Horse & Market Hog

Michael Biggins - Market Lamb

Gina Clark - Quilting & Foods

Erin Demerle - Horse

Colton Dunlap - Market Hog & Archery

Michaela Dunlap - Quilting & Market Lamb

Brandon Friede - Power Equipment

Dana Friede - Photography

Holly Friede - Photography & Breeding Sheep

Jessa Linford - Horse

Sadie Linford - Horse

Betsy Malecha - Quilting

Lindsay Newell - Horse

Ryan Nickol - Market Beef

Andrew Rose - Market Hog

Erik Rose - Market Hog

Megan Rose - Quilting, Horse & Market Lamb

Courtney Stout - Foods & Horse

Kallista Thornton - Foods

Ashley Wetherell - Dog

Breanne Wieder - Quilting, Market Lamb & Breeding Sheep

Katie Williams - Horse

Chris Wold - Air Rifle & Archery

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