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4Hers put their skills to the test

There were both beef and dairy cows on hand for the 4Hers to assess during their practice judging session on Aug. 17.
One of the stations required participants to rank bugs in order and give reasons for their judgment.
From left: Bradley Dubeau, Rebecca Hamilton, Ben Judd, Tyler Tubman, Liam Dowe, Dan Egan and Kayla McCann pore over the customer service station on Aug. 17.

CALEB NICKERSON
SHAWVILLE Aug. 17, 2018
On Aug. 17, members of the Shawville 4H Club met at the Steer Barn on the Fairgrounds for an evening of agricultural knowledge and judgment.
Hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy (MAMOT) the event serves as a way to promote farming amongst the younger generation and teach them to have a discerning eye when it comes to a variety of farm produce.
The approximately 50 4Hers were divided into groups and tasked with a different station where they had to rate everything from cattle to dead moths and sweet corn.
Kayla McCann, the 4H Director for the fair and Small Animal Director for the 4H Club, said that this judging practice used to take place during the fair, but was moved several years ago.
“It teaches them to have an opinion,” she said, noting that the participants have to give a detailed explanation for their rankings. “They have to speak their reasons out loud to other people.”

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