The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks. Today's column is written by Christine Jones and Valerie Machado.
Earlier this month four 4-H youth and four leaders headed south to Cloverdale to attend the Cloverdale Citrus Fair.
It's one of the first fairs of the season. The majority of fairs in California offer classes for large and small animals, as well as market classes and an auction. Unlike most fairs, the Citrus Fair only offers breed classes for small animals (cavies, dogs, poultry, pygmy goats and rabbits) and showmanship classes for each species.
On Saturday morning we loaded up 12 rabbits, two cavies (guinea pigs), four youth and four leaders and were off to the fair in Cloverdale. We stayed the night in Ukiah. Sunday morning we were off to the fair.
After unloading animals, checking in and getting everyone settled in, it was time for our 4-H'ers to show their rabbits and cavies and to compete in showmanship.
We had three youth compete in rabbit showmanship. Junior member Ana Machado placed sixth in the novice class, while our intermediate member, Taylor Jones, placed seventh out of 22.
There were two conformation shows for rabbits. Taylor Jones' junior Himalayan buck won Best of Opposite Breed, and her senior Lilac buck won Best of Breed at both shows.
Kaitlyn Machado's junior English Lop doe won Best of Breed at both shows. Jody Marks' two Mini Lop rabbits showed very well against a field of over 46 other rabbits; easily the largest group in the entire show.
After a long day of showing rabbits and cavies, we headed back to our motel room in Ukiah. The next morning we headed home, stopping at the Drive Thru Tree in Legget.
Being a member in 4-H offers many opportunities such as this. The chance to travel with peers and be able to show to other communities the hard work and dedication that youth put into their projects is just one benefit of being a 4-H member.
Next month, many Del Norte 4-H youth will be attending all-day workshops at the Eureka campus of College of the Redwoods for the annual Youth Summit.
Workshops will include: CPR certification, rockin' resumes, photo voice, fight like a girl, careers with fish and wildlife, social media for social change, light up your iPad, working with and for animals. These are just a few of the workshops that are being offered.
If you are interested in joining 4-H as a member or adult volunteer, spring is an excellent time to do so. Contact our local office at 464-4711 or join us at our next council meeting. We hope to share with you the joys of 4-H!