VERMILLION – Being resilient, creative, adaptable, and flexible are just some of the life skills that 4-H prides itself in teaching to youth. This year has challenged 4-H members, volunteers, and staff to do just that and more as they work together to provide opportunities for 4-H members to participate in modified contests.

“According to the guidelines we were given through the State 4-H Office, events taking place in June needed to happen virtually. For events taking place in July, we had to think about how we would modify events to provide a safe place – we provided hand sanitizer and encouraged mask wearing, we wiped surfaces down often, and we were limited to any groups over 15, so we really tried to assign time slots to bring in youth and families separately in order to reduce the number of people on site at one time” said Lauren Hollenbeck, Youth Program Advisor. “We are really proud of how our 4-H members and families have handled the changes and have decided to make the best of it.”

The Public Presentations Contest took place virtually this year on June 16.

Five youth participated on Zoom and presented their topics to two judges – Marcella Remund, an instructor in the USD English department, and Carolyn Prentice, former professor in the USD Communications department.

This year’s contest had a modified scorecard, to take into account that judging youth via Zoom isn’t the same as an in-person contest.

Throughout the presentations, youth gained experience in organizing their thoughts and information, and presenting that information to others.

Results were: (name, age division, presentation type-topic, ribbon placing)

Chloe Klunder, Beginner, Illustrated Talk - " Stop the Bleed: Tourniquet Usage," Purple;

Daniel Havermann, Junior, Illustrated Talk – “Slow the Flow,” Purple;

Victoria Havermann, Senior, Illustrated Talk – “Co-ops, More Than a Grain Elevator,” Purple;

Nick Havermann, Senior, Illustrated Talk – “Every Vote Counts,” Purple;

Lexi Maier, Senior, Illustrated Talk – “Rabbit Color Genetics,” Purple.

On Thursday, July 16, 4-H members participated in the Fashion Revue Contest.

In Fashion Revue youth can model clothing they have made and constructed, or they can model clothing they have purchased.

Constructed outfits are judged on how they fit and their quality of construction, among other things.

Selected, or purchased outfits, are judged in a similar manner. However, youth also must share how much they paid for their outfit.

Youth modeled their outfits individually in front of two judges. The judges look at how the garment looks on the individual. They also look at posture, ease of movement and confidence in one's personal appearance. Youth also try to describe how a garment is cared for and how a garment fits into a wardrobe plan. Finally, youth learn to understand how fabrics, clothing styles and accessories enhance their own physical features or traits.

Judges this year were Lindsay Hayes and Leah Waid, both former 4-H members and Fashion

Revue participants.

Results for Fashion Revue were: (name, class, ribbon placing):

Cloverbuds: Eva Peterson, Constructed Outfit, Participation; Eva Peterson, Constructed Outfit, Participation.

Beginners: Chloe Klunder, Selected Outfit, Blue; Chloe Klunder, Selected Outfit, Blue; Eleanor Anderson, Constructed Outfit, Purple; Callie Peterson, Constructed Outfit, Purple; Callie Peterson, Selected Outfit, Blue; Callie Peterson, Selected Outfit, Purple.

Juniors: Lydia Anderson, Constructed Outfit, Purple; Lydia Anderson, Constructed Outfit, Blue. Seniors: Kate DeVelder, Selected Outfit, Purple; Nicole Hauck, Constructed Outfit, Purple; Nicole Hauck, Selected Outfit, Purple; Nicole Hauck, Constructed Outfit, Purple.

4-H members tested their cooking skills on Friday, June 24, at the Special Foods Contest.

“In previous years, this contest would have been held at an area school where we would use their kitchen classroom. We made the decision to hold the contest at our 4-H Center because many schools were not allowing outside groups to come in. We had to space out our day a little more to accommodate everyone into a smaller space with less ovens, but it worked out well,” said Hollenbeck.

This contest requires 4-H members to learn how to provide meals and snacks that satisfy aesthetic, psychological, nutritional, and individual needs by choosing and preparing a recipe from any one of the five food groups.

Five Clay County and two Union County 4-H members participated in the contest. The 4-H members had 90 minutes to prepare their dish, coordinate a table setting in an attractive and aesthetically pleasing manner based on their menu, and talk to a judge.

They were asked questions about food groups, the amount/number of servings needed for their own age and activity level, major nutrients, and more. They also need to be knowledgeable about food safety and sanitation, know general kitchen skills and safety, and have good organization skills.

Nadeen Peterson and Joan Miller, both long-time supporters of 4-H, judged the competition. Results were: (name, age division, dish prepared, ribbon placing)

Clay County Participants:

Sadie Dahlhoff, Beginner, Raspberry and Green Tea Smoothie, Blue; Mary Dahlhoff, Junior,

Pasta with Alfredo Sauce; Blue; Eleanor Anderson, Beginner, Pork with Mango, Purple; Lydia Anderson, Junior, Classic Chili, Purple; Phillip Hauck, Senior, Shrimp and Vegetable Skillet, Purple.

Union County Participants: Molli Harkin, Junior, Orange Chicken Delish, Purple; Carley Crist, Junior, Ham and Spinach Mini Quiche, Purple.

For more information about 4-H, how to join 4-H, or any of the contests above, contact Lauren

Hollenbeck at the Clay County Extension Office at 605-677-7111.

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