A chance to support a 4-H voyage across the pond



March 12, 2019 - 10:18 AM

Virginia Crossland-Macha, president of the Kansas State Fair Board, recognizes the importance of supporting youth agriculture education by making a donation to the Livestock Judging Team. She is pictured with Southwind District 4-H members. SUBMITTED PHOTO

I have the privilege to coach the Southwind District 4-H Livestock Teams — Skillathon, Quiz Bowl, Meats and Livestock Judging. Working with youth who are the future of our agriculture community, and teaching basic livestock knowledge is often challenging and time-consuming. Well, the time-consuming part just got a little bigger (probably more than I am prepared for) and these kids are taking me on an adventure that requires a passport to travel over the “Big Pond.”  

As you know, the Southwind Extension District 4-H Livestock Judging Team of Jillian Keller (Piqua), Brody Nemecek (Iola), Haydon Schaaf (Uniontown), and Clay Brillhart (Fort Scott) were named Reserve National Champions in January 2019 at the National Western 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, Colorado. In recognition as a winning team, they were awarded an invitation to compete internationally at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland and at the Charleville Show in the Republic of Ireland, June 19 – July 3. The contests are only a small piece of the international educational trip that will include agriculture seminars, tours and opportunities to enhance leadership skills and education through interaction with the citizens of the UK and Ireland.

In an effort to cover educational expenses, the Southwind team is selling “stock” in the livestock judging team. Individuals and businesses have the opportunity to invest in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by purchasing these shares from team members. Shares are being sold for $100 and investors will be invited to a shareholders meeting where they will enjoy dinner and see firsthand the return on their investments as the Southwind District 4-H Livestock Judging Team members share their travel experiences. Stock can be purchased for $100/share.

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