4-H members represent the Townships at Toronto’s Royal Fair
Eight young Townshippers headed to Toronto this week for the 96th edition of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to compete in the TD 4-H Canadian Dairy Classic. Wyatt Johnston, Alana Mckinven, Martha Mackinnon, Tyler Clark, Mathilde Audet, William Jaton, and Savannah and Kolton Crack were the eight 4-H members chosen to represent the South East Quebec team.
For more than 100 years, 4-H Canada was been one of the most respected youth development organizations in the country, with more than 25,000 Canadian members. Johnston, Mckinven, Mackinnon, and Clark are all members of the Hatley 4-H group, while the Cracks are Richmond members. Audet and Jaton are members of the Association des Jeunes Ruraux du Québec (AJRQ), a 4-H affiliate. “It’s always a great experience,” said Mckinven. “You always meet new people, and it’s a great reunion with contestants from the previous years.”
The Royal Fair is the culmination of months of work, as all eight participants competed over the entire summer to attain the required standings to be chosen. The South East Quebec group was particularly successful in the conformation competition: Mckinven placed 5th out of 130 in the Holstein Senior Heifer category, Audet reached 9th place in the Holstein Junior Heifer category, Savannah Crack obtained the 8th place in the Holstein Intermediate Calf category, and Johnston placed 10th in the Ayrshire Senior Heifer category.
They also received recognition in the showmanship competition, as Kolton Crack clinched the 3rd place within the Juniors, while Mckinven secured the 9th place in the Seniors. “We have really been working towards this all summer,” explained Mckinven. “It’s an honour to be here, because it’s the biggest youth agricultural show in Eastern Canada.” Johnston added that they “did very well as a team. Over 50 regions are represented here.” He added that their group of dairy cows came out second out of the lot.
4-H is a youth organization which focuses on hands-on learning experiences and empowerment. They carry out several activities throughout the year and teach its members the ins and outs of livestock showmanship. It is particularly popular among rural residents in the Eastern Townships. In fact, out of the province’s 12 clubs, four are located around the Townships, namely in Sawyerville, Brome, Hatley, and Richmond. For more information, visit www.quebec4-h.com/.
Back row: (Left to right) Wyatt Johnston, Mathilde Audet, Martha Mackinnon and Tyler Clark. Front row: William Jaton, Kolton Crack, Savannah Crack and Alana Mckinven.