The Fallon County 4-H Achievement Night awards ceremony and dinner was held Oct. 5 in the Fallon County fairgrounds exhibit hall. Over 60 4-H youth, family members and honored guests watched on as 4-H members were recognized for their past year’s 4-H work.
Each 4-H member is required to keep records of their project work and turn in a completed 4-H journal at the end of each year. All youth meeting these requirements received an award for the number of years they have completed. Special recognition was given to Haylee Barkley, Terrell Koenig, Taylor Rieger, and Bo Rost for seven years of completed 4-H work. Special recognition was given to Shaylyn Huelle and Lauren Wang for ten years of completed 4-H work.
Fallon County 4-H leaders nominated members for special awards for outstanding 4-H work above and beyond requirements based on the information provided in their 4-H journals. Anika Ploeger and Nicole Allerdings were recognized for their outstanding work in Achievement. Cole Rost, Sayge Barkley and Katie Wang were recognized for their outstanding work in Agriculture. Lauren Wang was recognized for her outstanding work in Citizenship. Hallie Flint was recognized for her outstanding work in Family & Consumer Science.
Many youth received completion discs for their project work. In addition to completion discs, youth may be chosen for individual project award pins based on the project information they have entered in their 4-H journal.
The Most Outstanding 4-H Journal award is given in loving memory of Karen Losing by her family. The 2015 recipient of this award was Anika Ploeger, a third year member of the Red Butte Ramblers 4-H Club.
This year the Golden Pitchfork Award for Beef was sponsored by Jeanie Tronstad and was presented to Caleb Ploeger. The Golden Pitchfork Award for Goat was sponsored by the Fallon County 4-H Council and presented to Taylyn Dukart. The Golden Pitchfork Award for Sheep was sponsored by Tunby Ranch Targhee and presented to Anika Ploeger.
The Golden Pitchfork Award contest is open to 4-H and FFA youth with Market Beef, Goat, Sheep, and Hog projects in Fallon and Carter County.
Youth must have completed MQA to qualify for the Golden Pitchfork Award and have a score in each of the five following areas: live market show placing; carcass and/or ultrasound data; showmanship placing; written record keeping; and a written test.
The Fallon County Times and KFLN Radio are this year’s recipients of the Friend of 4-H Awards for their promotion of the Fallon County 4-H Program through many articles, interviews and news features over the years.
Your Fallon/Carter County Extension Team extends an open invitation to anyone who wishes to know more about 4-H to contact them at 406-778-7110 for information on how you can be a part of the 4-H Program.