Sawyerville 4-H hosted the 38th Annual Quebec 4-H Provincial Rally at the Cookshire Fairgrounds in the beautiful Eastern Townships, July 18-21. Quebec 4-H’s biggest event of the year, Rally is similar to a mini fair. Over 100 4-H’ers spent the weekend showing off their animals, handicrafts, gardening projects and public speaking abilities. There were also fun classes like the Farmers’ Olympics and costume classes. Each club chose a decade to represent in the costume class and the barn decorating competition. This year the theme of Rally was “Celebrating our Roots: 100 years of 4-H in Canada”, in honour of the centennial anniversary of 4-H in Canada.
The Ormstown 4-H club placed second in the barn display competition, representing black and white films from the 1920s. The club earned the reserve champion award for in the fitting competition as well as the dairy group of three class. Ormstown 4-H'er Ashlie Hardy won Champion Ayrshire with her summer yearling Lasburn BBBK Miss Right. Véronique Brisson placed 10th in the individual aggregate 12-15 category. Overall the Ormstown club earned sixth place in the club aggregate class.
Huntingdon 4-H'er Brandon Maither had a very successful show day with his junior yearling Kostka Dempsey Roxette. Maither earned the Champion Holstein award for Rally, as well as the Grand Champion Interbreed Dairy class. Andrea Soesbergen won the overall champion in the public speaking competition for the second year in a row. Her speech addressed farming in the year 2050. Rebeca Gabriel won seventh overall in the life skills class.
The Howick 4-H club earned the top prize in the costume class as they counted down away the 90s to the new millennium. Their earned fourth place in several classes: barn display, historical display, and club aggregate. Jessica Rouleau placed seventh overall in the public speaking competition with a speech on technology that helps farmers. The club did particularly well in the judging competition. In the 12-15 years category Kevin Macfarlane placed fifth and Emily Mackay placed third. In the 16-21 age category Bobby Tolhurst placed sixth, Mathieu Rouleau placed third and Julie Macfarlane placed first. Overall Tolhurst placed eighth, Rouleau tied for fourth, and Julie Macfarlane earned the grand champion prize. To honour 4-H's centennial anniversary, Julie Macfarlane was awarded $100, donated by the Mayor of Cookshire, in memoriam of his son Charles.
Presidents of the three Valley 4-H clubs present at Rally announced that in 2014 Provincial Rally will be hosted by the Chateauguay Valley 4-H clubs: Howick, Huntingdon, Ormstown and the Valley Adventure club. The event will take place July 17-20 at the Ormstown fairgrounds. The theme will be “country fairs.” Entrance will be free to the public.
Below: Howick 4-H club takes a brief break during the busy Rally weekend.