4-H mem­bers rep­re­sent the Town­ships at Toronto’s Royal Fair

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to the Record

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/.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MARTHA MACKIN­NON

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.

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