The 38th edition of the Quebec 4-H Provincial Rally, hosted by the clubs of the Chateauguay Valley, was held this year on home soil at the Ormstown Fairgrounds from July 17-20th. In honour of the 100 anniversary of the Ormstown fair held last month, the clubs of the Chateauguay Valley chose “country fairs” as this year’s theme.
Thursday evening marked the arrival of nearly 100 participants from 9 different clubs. That evening marked the opening ceremonies where clubs were introduced and the weekends activities were presented. Everyone was then placed into teams, for the ever popular Farmer’s Olympics, which is factually known to get extremely messy. A Valley tradition: The Shaving Cream War, was a favorite by all.
Friday started bright and early with the Life Skills competition. Before the event, participants had a number of entries they could participate in which followed the theme of country fairs. An astounding 18 pies, wind chimes, quilts, flower boxes and more were judged and on display for the weekend. Life Skill participants also had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on-site in a compulsory origami class. Nearly 20 public speakers presented speeches throughout the morning as well. Their topics ranging from “Why I love my country fair” to “Why I am choosing a career in agriculture” demonstrated excellent communication and presentation skills from members young and old.
Afternoon and evening activities included a Judging competition, and a humorous costume class featuring rodeo clowns and paparazzi. To top off the evening, clubs also worked together in a fitting competition, demonstrating their skills in dairy, beef and sheep.
Saturday’s show day featured conformation and showmanship classes in dairy, beef, sheep, horse, goat, rabbit and poultry. The top 2 showmen in each animal were then chosen to participate in the Supreme showmanship class, which tests their skills in handling a variety of animals.
The evening’s banquet commemorated top winners for the weekend and celebrated the achievement of all participants. The Ormstown 4-H Club was awarded top club aggregate and many other prizes for Judging, Life Skills, Public Speaking, etc. were awarded. Dancing followed into the night.
A successful and action packed weekend was enjoyed by all and everyone is looking forward to next year as we celebrate the 40th edition of Provincial Rally in Richmond, Quebec.