4-H'ers gather in Uniontown for learning experience

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Jacob Riebel, Iola, gives an illustrated talk on pigeons. Multiple counties are involved in Southwind 4-H Day. (Loretta George/Tribune)

UNIONTOWN -- Last Saturday Bourbon, Allen and Neosho County 4-H'ers filled Uniontown High School and West Bourbon Elementary Schools to hone skills they have been working on. The purpose of the event is for 4-H members to gain confidence and skill in preforming before an audience and learn how to express themselves while educating the spectators.

"4-H Day is a yearly event where our 4-H members can display their speaking abilities, their musical skills, and other talents," said Delta George, Southwind District Extention Agent, whose office is in Fort Scott.

"Our clubs can also participate in Model Meetings to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities to follow correct parliamentary procedure," she said. "Nine clubs participated in this."

Jackson Wilks, Iola, plays his tenor saxophone as part of the junior instrumental solos at Southwind District 4-H Day. 27 youth performed solo musical pieces and their were eight group performances. In addition, there were 10 talent acts.

"As a Southwind Extension District event, our 4-H members and parents have the opportunity to become acquainted with and develop friendships with other 4-H families from all three counties," George said. "Even though this was a district-wide event, it was not a district-wide competition; members were only competing against those from their respective county. This allows each of our counties to be equally represented at Regional 4-H Day."

Regional 4-H Day will be February 23, 2013 at Allen County Community College, and additional counties will compete then - Anderson, Linn, Wilson, and Woodson

"Members must qualify for Regionals. The top two in each public presentation division from each county are invited to present again at Regionals, while the top act in the talent, music and model meetings go on," George said.

Southwind District 4-H Day has a permanent location of Uniontown High School, while Regionals has a permanent location of Allen County Community College, George said.