4-H Junior leaders learn through leading

Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Dubois County 4-H Junior Leaders member Kaylee Uebelhor of Ferdinand, 15, left, scanned the painting and drawing projects submitted by Courtney Vittitow of Dubois, 15, right, as she worked along side Junior Leader Anthony Weyer of Ferdinand, 16, center, and 4-H Leader Ruth Bush of Celestine during project check-in at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds on Friday afternoon. After projects were scanned, they were handed off to Kaylee's brother, Jacob Uebelhor, 13, also a Junior Leaders member, to be stored in the appropriate place.

By KATHLEEN MESSMER
Herald News Intern

A leadership project for 4-H members, the 4-H Junior Leaders learn life skills while also serving as role models in the 4-H community.

The Junior Leader project is open to 4-H members in grades 7-12. Junior Leaders are given the opportunity to provide their adult 4-H volunteers with additional assistance in 4-H clubs and related activities. According Purdue Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator Jennifer Monarch, the Junior Leaders also serve as mentors and models for the younger 4-H members. Many of the Junior Leaders share their experiences with the younger members.

One way in which the Junior Leaders mentor 4-H youth is through the Purdue Extensions Food and Agriculture Day. On this day, children in the third and fourth grades from around the county travel to the fairgrounds to learn about food and agriculture and how it affects their daily lives.

“I love helping out with the food and ag day, and you even get a day off of school,” 15-year-old Kaylee Uebelhor of Ferdinand joked. Uebelhor has been a Junior Leader for about three years and also shows beef cattle.

Also a Junior Leader for about three years, Anthony Weyer of Ferdinand, 16,  agreed that a day off of school is a nice incentive to help with the food and ag day.

The Junior Leaders hold monthly meetings throughout the year in which they learn leadership skills. They also volunteer and help with various aspects of the Dubios County 4-H Fair. 

They began the busy fair week by volunteering at project check-in on Saturday. The Junior Leaders awaited 4-H members turning in their projects for judging and exhibition at the fair. With smiling faces, they scanned the projects into the computer system and assisted in moving the projects to the display tables.

“We just kind of help around at the fair all week,” Weyer said.

“We are here to help if anyone needs anything,” Uebelhor added.

Thirteen-year-old Jacob Uebelhor of Ferdinand, brother of Kaylee Uebelhor, said he enjoys helping out the public. This is Jacob’s first year as a Junior Leader and he also shows beef cattle and goats.

“Through Junior Leaders, I’ve learned to help out with different things,” Jacob said.

“I’ve learned leadership skills and time management skills,” said Weyer.

Agreeing with Weyer, Kaylee has also learned leadership skills, in addition to responsibility and overall life skills.

“My favorite part is hanging around the fair all week and making new friends,” Kaylee said. “I’m going to continue to be a Junior Leader for as long as I can.”

 

Dubois County 4-H Fair Schedule

The Dubois County 4-H Fair officially kicked off Monday and runs through Friday; however, several events are slated for this weekend. Here’s the 4-H Fair schedule:

 

Monday

Donor of the day: German American

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

9 a.m. Goat show and showmanship, SC

5 p.m. 4-H fair grand opening celebration, EB1 and EB2

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

6 p.m. Poultry, ducks and turkey show, SAB

6 p.m. Swine show and showmanship, SC

6:30 p.m. Junior and Senior English horse show, HPA

6-8 p.m. Quilt exhibit, CP

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6-10 p.m. Carnival rides, MW

7 p.m. Brandt Carmichael, FS

 

Tuesday

Donor of the day: Rural King

7 a.m.–9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

5:30 p.m. Public speaking and demonstrations, CP

6 p.m. Sheep show and showmanship, SC

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6-10 p.m. Carnival Rides, MW

6-9 p.m. Caricature, GPT

6 p.m. Face painting, GPT

6:30 p.m. Junior gaming horse show, HPA

7 p.m. Kiddie pedal pull, CP

7:30 p.m. Talent night, FS

 

Wednesday

Donor of the day: Superior Ag

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

1 p.m. Beef showmanship, SC

2 p.m. Cat judging, CP

5 p.m. Beef show, SC

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

6 p.m. Leukemia Foundation, CP

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6-10 p.m. Carnival rides, MW

6:30 p.m. Senior gaming horse show, HPA

6:30 p.m. Grupo Guanaco-Latino Music Act, FS

7 p.m. Robotics and project demonstration night, CP

7 p.m. Car and truck flat drag racing, GSA (admission, $10; no pit pass)

 

Thursday

Donor of the day: Dubois REC

6:45-9 a.m. 4-H fishing contest, CP/South Lake

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

9 a.m. 4-H dog obedience judging and agility, CP/agility course

12:30 p.m. Supreme livestock showmanship, SC

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

5-7 p.m. Family fun night, CP

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6 p.m. WBDC cornhole tourney of champions

6-10 p.m. Carnival rides, MW

6-9 p.m. The Hiding, FS

5:30 p.m. Celebrity livestock showmanship, SC

7 p.m. Tug of war, GSA (4-H and open)

 

Friday

Donor of the day: Blesch Bros. Equipment

Senior day: Age 55 and older

7 a.m.- 9 p.m. Small animal building open, SAB

9 a.m.-noon Senior (55-plus) activities, EB1 and EB2

9 a.m.-noon 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

5-9:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibit buildings open, EB1 and EB2

5 p.m. 4-H awards ceremony, CP

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6 p.m. Horse and pony fun show, HPA

6-10 p.m. Carnival rides, MW

6-9:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits open, CmB

6:30 p.m. Cloggers performance, CP

7 p.m. ATV flat drag racing, GSA (admission, $10; no pit pass)

 

Saturday

Donor of the day: Boberg Crop Insurance

6-11 a.m. Animal check-out by species, livestock and barn areas

8 a.m.–1 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibition check-out, EB1 and EB2.

6 p.m. Lawnmower and car demolition derby, GSA (admission, $10; pit pass, $20)

Monday, July 23

4:30-7:30 p.m. 4-H and open class exhibition check-out, EB1 and EB2.

 

Upcoming events

Sunday, July 29: Noon, motocross racing; 9 a.m., registration ($10 admission, no pit pass).

Saturday, Aug. 11: Donor of the day, Jasper Engines & Transmissions; 5 p.m., truck and tractor pull (check-in beginning at 1 p.m.); $5 admission. Rain date: Sunday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. (check-in beginning at 10 a.m.)

 

Event locations

AFO: Annex/Fair Office

GSA: Grandstand Arena

CP/CPO: Clover Pavilion/Office

HPA: Horse and Pony Arena

CmB: Commercial Building

IF: Implement Field

CtB: Cattle Barn

MW: Midway

EB1: 4-H Exhibit Building

SAB: Small Animal Building

EB2: 4-H and Open Class Exhibit Building

SC: Show Corral

ShB: Sheep Barn

FS: Free Stage

SwB: Swine Barn

GPT: Gathering Place Tent

TBA: To Be Announced




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