By Brigid Ehrmantraut
Saturday was the final day of the 2011 San Juan County Fair. Some of the last-day events included the 4-H Livestock Auction, Small Animal Round Robin, and the 4-H Awards Ceremony.
The 2011 Livestock Auction probably holds the record for most animals turned back to be resold to directly support the 4-H program. William Patterson of Chimayo Restaurant in Eastsound bought the first ever San Juan County Fair Market Goat and will be serving it up soon.
Orcas 4-H members who participated in the Small Animal Round Robin (where the winners of each small animal project compete against each other by showing all the small animals for approximately two minutes before rotating to the next critter) included Wylie Kau, Kelsey Guyer, and Brigid Ehrmantraut. Sabrina Bailey also qualified but was not available to participate. The overall Small Animal Round Robin Highpoint Belt Buckle Award went to Brigid Ehrmantraut.
Many trophy recipients at the 4-H Awards Ceremony hailed from Orcas as well. Horse 4-H members Hannah Brunner-Gaydos, Daria Stankevich, Dana Sabine, Tara Dobos, Emma Minnis, Katelyn Minnis, Hailey Crowe, and Miette Woolworth were well represented.
So were small animal and still life members Halle Thompson, Brigid Ehrmantraut, Kelsey Guyer (who won the prestigious Harold Kjargaard Memorial Award with San Juan Islander Hanifah McGovern and was nominated for the equally impressive Pomona Grange Leadership Award), Camryn Thompson, and Martha Lum. Orcas Islander Grace Thompson was recognized for her 2010 Overall 4-H Highpoint Award too.
Paris Wilson, Sabrina Bailey, and Camryn Thompson prepared an original dance., and won the Grand Champion award for Performance Art in their age division.
Those student in grades K-12 who may be interested in joining 4-H in the coming year, shoul contact Orcas Island Leader Kathy Morris or Program Coordinator Cindy Gauthier (phone: 360-370 7662, or email: email@example.com).