Children prepare for 4-H show
BY JOHN H. WALKER
Rocky Mount Telegram
Thursday, March 21, 2019
ROCKY MOUNT — The East Carolina Agriculture and Education Center on Kingsboro Road in Rocky Mount will be teeming with activity on April 2-3 when the 82nd Eastern Carolina 4-H Livestock Show and Sale takes place.
4-H Clubs from Edgecombe, Halifax and Nash counties will participate and club members will show cattle, hogs, goats and lambs.
The show is the culmination of a 60-day project — 120 days for cattle — for the participants and helps give them the opportunity to practice and acquire new knowledge in the fields of animal science, business, time management and leadership.
In addition, each participant is required to complete a 4-H Record Book on their project, which involves keeping records of feed given, costs incurred, how they work with their animal and things they’ve learned.
The show is divided into several levels of competition:
■ Showmanship for Cloverbuds — Participants ages 5-7 demonstrate their projects in which they care for and work with a goat or lamb. They will show in a Cloverbud showmanship class where they can practice their showing skills and knowledge of their project by answering questions from the judge.
■ Showmanship — Junior (ages 8-10), intermediates (ages 11-13) and seniors (ages 14-18) compete in classes according to their age divisions where they exhibit their skills handling their animals and share the knowledge of their project with the judge. Conformation and condition of the animal is not judged.
■ Market Classes — Juniors, intermediates and seniors compete, with each species, divided into weigh classes within species, are judged on physical traits such as structural correctness, muscling, style and balance and the individual animals are placed in order of judge’s preference.
Following completion of the show, special awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. while a pig pickin' will be held for exhibitors, family and members at 5 p.m. The open ceremony and senior recognition will follow at 6 p.m. with the premium sale scheduled to begin at 6:30.
The show is open and the public is encouraged to attend and support the 4-H youth.