Erath County home owners can stand up and cheer for a variety of their youth. That’s because a number of kids from the Big Country earned high marks at the 65th annual 4-H State Roundup held in Lubbock. Participants competed in numerous categories, many after winning county ad district level events. Others came for invitational events open to any 4-H senior member without any pre-qualification requirements. Close to 2,500 kids, parents and leaders attended the event.
Texas 4-H Roundup offers approximately 50 different contests and workshops that test 4-H members on life skills like decision-making, public speaking, organization, and working with others. Contests include a Fashion Show, a Food Show, educational presentations, along with an assortment of other judging contests.
Teams or individuals from Brown, Runnels, Fisher and Erath counties were among those winning their events, with Brown, Runnels and Fisher County entrants recording multiple wins. Kelley Royal of Erath County stole the show–the fashion show that is–by taking first place in the buying/formal category. Jonathan Kiker, another Erath County native, also brought home five blue ribbons and two reds. Rikki Box of Stephens County had the second-highest individual score in range and pasture grass identification, leading his team to a second-place finish.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awarded major scholarships to several 4-H members. Other large benefactors included Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation and Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo. The 2013 Texas 4-H Roundup will be held in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M University from June 10-14, 2013.
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Original Source: Stephenville Empire Tribune