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.
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