Ready for Drill Team: Heather Waldo prepares for the drill team event on
Sunday afternoon with her horse Sunny. The color guard type participation
joins many horses for a structured show to music in the large horse arena.
Heather will be an 8th grader at CMS and is a member of the Jackson
Volunteers in 4-H.
Bottom Row Left to Right:
Llama’s Ready to Show: Audrey Cole of the Jackson Volunteers brushes her
llama on the opening night of the Porter County Fair. The Llama’s were shown
Friday evening and Saturday in the Livestock Show Arena. (Tribune photo by
Looking Good: Matthew Zupar of Chesterton stands with his
lama Ms. Prissy after the big storm hit on Thursday in the area. The Porter
County Fair opened Thursday and will continue through July 31. The Lamas
will be judged today and Saturday in the Livestock Show Arena. Many more
farm animals will be on display over the weekend.
Liberty Hotshots display work: A few members of the Liberty
Hotshots display their work in the 4-H building at this year’s Porter County
Fair. Pictured, left to right, are Erin Caldwell Reserve Grand Champion in
canine poster and in recycling with her horse equipment windchimes, Jacob
Hughes Reserve Grand Champion with horseless horse poster, and Katie Hughes
Reserve Grand Champion with Vet Science poster.
4-H Projects: Sarah Copley Chesterton High School senior and
member of the Liberty Hot Shots displays her award winning champion apple
honey jelly and champion with Stollen (German bread). Sarah also received
reserve champion in creative writing. 4-H exhibits are shown in the 4-H
building in the center of the midway at the Porter County Fair. The Fair
opened yesterday and runs through July 31.
Feeding Time: Ciara Barnett, age 4, of Porter is all smiles shown feeding a
goat while enjoying an afternoon at the Porter County Fair. The petting zoo
has food bins available for a quarter for anyone to stop by and feed or just
pet the animals.
Support 4-H: The Porter County Fair opened Thursday afternoon and 4-H
celebrates its 100 years of serving youth. More than 1,000 young people in
Porter County are involved in hundreds of different projects and experiences
with 4-H. The 4-H organization has a food booth inside the livestock show
arena with lots of goodies to be purchased and proceeds go to the 4-H
program. Alex Hughes and his friend Christian O’Brien enjoy water and snack.
Both boys are 9 and attend St. Patrick School in Chesterton.
(Tribune photos by Dana Gilbertson)
This year marks the centennial year of 4-H in the State of Indiana, which is
being celebrated at the Porter County Fair with parade floats and a special
program recognizing the national organization now in its and 100th year in
Indiana and 102nd year nationally.
Some 1,000 Porter County youth currently belong to 4-H, which offers
hundreds of projects and experiences for children ages nine to 18 years old.
Originally started in rural communities, the organization expanded years ago
to include projects for all youth, regardless whether they lived in the
country or in the city. Since then clubs have been organized all over. Some
even specialize in particular projects.
Projects include not only raising champion livestock, but also selecting
champions in sewing, crafts, culinary skills, rocket building, computer
skills, photography, flowers and more.
Horseback riding is a popular project in Porter County. Some horseless 4-H
members, who love horses, but don’t live on a farm, “rent” or “adopt” horses
so they can participate.
Throughout the year, members have the opportunity to study government and
can qualify for trips to the state and national capitals.
It is at each respective county fair that members display their projects for
grading. Projects with top honors are sent to the Indiana State Fair to be
graded for state honors. Each entry is individually graded. It is not a
competition of each project against each other. Therefore, there can be
numerous blue ribbons (A grades).
The first 4-H program in the U.S. was in Ohio in 1902. Indiana established
its first program in Hamilton County in 1904. Lake County organized in 1914,
but Porter County didn’t get started in 4-H until the 1930s.
4-H was established as a way to pass on new agricultural ideas to farm
families through their children. At first, only boys showed livestock. Girls
followed programs in home economics. Today, boys and girls enter all
programs and city or town kids represent 50 percent of its members.
Pleasant Pioneers was the first club in Porter County. In the
Tribune readership area, Jackson Volunteers and Liberty Hot Shots are the
two oldest clubs. Lakeshore Drifters is next in line and the youngest club
is Westchester Wombears.
In Indiana, 300,000 youth members and 18,000 adults are involved in 4-H. An
estimated one out of every six people in Indiana are alumnus, making the
count an estimated 1 million 4-H Hoosier alums.
Visit the 4-H Exhibit Hall and the 4-H barns to see the remarkable projects
our youth is involved in. The Porter County 4-H Fair runs through July 31 at
the Fairgrounds on SR 49 at Division Rd. in Valparaiso.