New Seeley Lake 4-H Club
makes its mark at County Fair
Kids bring home five 'purple' ribbons, and more
At Left: Megan Rose took three purple ribbons homeone was for her quilt. She also won the Timeless Treasurers Quilt Shop, Best First-Year Quilting Entry Award for her quilt. At Right above: Now this is a pig with an hour-glass shape? According to 11-year-old Erik Rose, in order to make your hog gain 218 pounds in about five months while being able to have that "hour-glass shape, you just feed 'em about 6 1/2 pounds of food a day and then just feed 'em about 1 1/2 or so pounds of food a day right before the fair." His hog, Bakey Boy, helped Erik take home two 1st-place ribbons, one for Showmanship and one for Market.
Photos by Pam Rose &
P. Swan Smith
Katie Biggins and her horse Mariah took 2nd place in Showmanship and 2nd place in Horsemanship. Katie also received the Best Registered Appaloosa Shown At Halter. In the Market Swine, Katie Biggins took a 1st place for Showmanship and a purple for market for her pig named Ireland.
At Left: Michael Biggins took a 1st place for Showmanship and 1st place for Market with his pig Nirvana. At Right: Megan Rose took three purple ribbons homeone was for her quilt. She also won the Timeless Treasurers Quilt Shop, Best First-Year Quilting Entry Award for her quilt.
by Patricia Swan Smith
For the Pathfinder
August 27, 1998
Do you desire that hour-glass shape? Would you like to know how to go from 46 pounds to 264 pounds in just a few months? Well all you have to do is join the Seeley Lake 4-H Club and buy a hog!
According to 11-year-old Erik Rose, in order to make your hog gain 218 pounds in about five months while being able to have that "hour-glass shape, you just feed 'em about 6 1/2 pounds of food a day and then just feed 'em about 1 1/2 or so pounds of food a day right before the fair."
Erik said that being a part of the 4-H is "Lots and lots and lots and lots of work, but it is worth it for how much fun you have at the fair sitting with your pig. It's really worth it."
His hog, Bakey Boy, helped Erik take home two first-place ribbonsone for Showmanship and one for Market.
Now 9-year-old Christina Crawford didn't have it that easy when it came to her lamb Stormy gaining weight. While most kids get a lamb that has been raised by its real mom, Christina was Stormy's adopted mom in March when Stormy was only three days old.
"We got it when it was only two or three days old," she said. "We had to feed it with a bottle three or four times a day and mommy and daddy would feed him at night. And then I had to feed it three times a day on grain. It was a lot of work, but I learned so much and I had a lot of fun."
According to her mother, they were worried for a while if the sheep would gain the weight required to show. With a special diet and lots of tender loving care, Stormy went from 42 pounds on May 28th to 101 pounds by August 11th.
Stormy and Christina walked away with two first-place ribbons for Showmanship and Market.
Then there are purple ribbons. Purple ribbons are the highest place possible. And the group of Seeley kids brought home five of them.
Hayley Blackburn, age 12, and her horse Red, brought home a first-place blue ribbon for Showmanship and a purple ribbon for Horsemanship.
"It's pretty cool," Hayley said. "It was hard work, but it was worth it. I think 4-H is a lot of fun."
She rode her horse every week and took care of it throughout the year.
Then of course there's cooking and sewing events. Megan Rose took three purple ribbons homeone for her quilt, one for her recipe file and one for her sugar cookies. Her sandwich entry won a first-place blue ribbon.
She also won two additional awards. Her quilt won the Timeless Treasurers Quilt Shop, Best First-Year Quilting Entry Award, and the sugar cookies received the Tegner Lodge 224 Vasa Order of America Best Scandinavian Food Entry Award.
"It was a lot of work, but it was worth it," Megan said.
The 4-H members not only enter their projects at the fair, they also helped work at the 4-H Cafe and attended the 4-H Dance put on by the Frenchtown club.
"Their world's expand by miles when they go to the fair," said Sharon Teague. Teague along with Raeann Henrekin are the Organizational Leaders of the Seeley Club. "The kids work really hard at their projects all year long. When they get to the fair we as leaders cannot help them, and the parents are discouraged from helping the kids. They can ask other 4-H kids to help them, but no adults. They learn to meet new people and work together with other members. It's really good for them."
Teague describes the 4-H projects as a family commitment, and the other parents expressed the same.
"We all learned together," Margaret Crawford said. Margaret is Christina's mother. "It was her first year in 4-H and our first year to learn about sheep."
Henrekin said that the kids had worked so hard during the year that she was glad to see them do so well at the fair.
"Several of them won purple ribbons, and the rest of them won first and second place ribbons," she said. "We are so proud of all of them."
Other entrants at the fair included:
Horses: Shannon Rich-2nd place in Horsemanship; Andrew Rose-1st place in Showmanship and 1st place in Horsemanship; Katie Biggins: 2nd place in Showmanship and 2nd place in Horsemanship. Katie also received the Best Registered Appaloosa Shown At Halter.
Clothing: Macheala Dunlap-2nd place on each of her three entries: book poster and skort; Holly Freide took a 1st place on both her skort and vest.
Quilting: Macheala Dunlap took a 1st place for her quilt.
Market Swine: Katie Biggins took a 1st place for Showmanship and a purple for Market; Michael Biggins took a 1st place for Showmanship and 1st place for Market.
Other members who worked with animals throughout the year but were unable to participate in the fair were: Horses: Christina Crawford, Jessa Linford, Sadie Linford, Ralph Cahoon and Kelly Rich; Goat: Brandon Freide; and Dog: Katie Williams.
This is the first year since anyone can remember that the Seeley 4-H Club entered their projects in the Missoula County Fair. The group of 16 members started 4-H in October of last year. Anyone from the age of 8 to 18 is encouraged to come and join the fun at the next 4-H meeting which will be held at the Seeley Lake Grade School at 7 p.m. on September 2nd. The October meeting is the beginning of a new year, so don't miss this meeting. The meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.
"There is no limit to the projects," Teague said. "If you can think of a project, we can do it. There's everything from livestock to bicycles, and cooking, bug study and small engines. We can find a project for anyone interested."
Teague and Henrekin also wanted to thank all of the parents who helped out, and they would like to give a special thanks to all of the other leaders who helped make this year such a success. Other leaders include Patty Barlett Dunlap, Karen Linford, Debbie Dupree and Pam Rose.