All across the country, 4-H clubs are celebrating a century of community involvement. This year, the Shawville Fair is getting in on the act, basing its annual theme around “Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Canada,” according to its website.
The fair is recognizing 4-H in part because of the impact the club has had on board members, said Pontiac Agricultural Society president Sara Knox.
“Some (board members) have had children in 4-H,” said Knox. “They learned (about) 4-H when they were young and their kids have been in 4-H and now some of them have grandchildren in 4-H. It’s something that, usually, a lot of people in the community have participated.”
The current Shawville 4-H Club president, Lindsay Howard, added that 4-H allows members to learn new things and put them into practice.
“It has impacted the area because kids have the opportunity to be taught all kinds of skills (and) meet new people from across Quebec and Canada, essentially,” Howard said. “It’s just an opportunity to show off hard work with livestock and other animals and homemakers as well.”
The planned 4-H activities at the fair include an alumni show and display, Knox said. Howard also confirmed that the club is organizing a group photo involving past and present members of 4-H.
See page one of the Shawville Fair Supplement of the August 21, 2013 issue of THE EQUITY for rest of story.