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Nancy Lambert: Winners of 4-H Public Presentations contest

  • Winners of the 2019 Public Presentations contest.

    Winners of the 2019 Public Presentations contest.
    Courtesy of the Saline County 4-H

By Nancy Lambert
Contributing writer
updated: 4/22/2019 6:26 PM

The Villas of Holly Brook in Harrisburg hosted the 2019 Saline County 4-H Public Presentations Contest. 4-H members and their families enjoyed the wonderful speeches, demonstrations and food demonstrations that our 4-H youth exhibited.

The evening started with a formal speech, "The Street of Support," by Callie Oxford. Then Shelby Pribble entertained the room with her formal speech, "Amazing Horses."

Kenna Sisney put together a beautiful purple and pink spring flower arrangement as her demonstration. Following Kenna, Maddy Sisney sang "Welcome to the Black Parade." Wyatt Arnold finished the demonstrations with "How to Make an Extension Cord."

The 4-H Public Presentations Contest also includes Food Demonstrations. Our food demonstrators this year were Kenna Sisney with Apple Pie Pizza and Lillian Siler with Fried Ice Cream. The judge and crowd all agreed that these dishes were delicious.

All of the exhibitors received blue ribbons. Both Callie Oxford and Shelby Pribble received State Fair ribbons and can advance to the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest in Decatur on June 8. Wyatt Arnold received the County Champion ribbon for his demonstration and Kenna Sisney received the County Champion ribbon for her flower arranging demonstration.

Lillian Siler was chosen as the Top Food Demonstrator at the contest. Lillian also received the Food Demonstration County Champion ribbon.

We would like to thank Alex Watkins and Jody Moore for taking time out of their evening to judge our 4-H Public Presentations Contest. And, we would like to thank the staff and residents of The Villas of Holly Brook for extending such a warm welcome to Saline County 4-H.

International Night

Join us for Saline County 4-H International Night on Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Harrisburg First Church of God on McHaney Road. Set up will begin at 5 p.m. and judging will begin at 6 p.m.

Saline County 4-H Clubs have chosen to study a country of interest, and they will prepare a table display and foods from that country. Clubs will then make a 5-10 minute presentation. State Fair and State Fair Alternate ribbons will be awarded.

Monetary prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners. We will again be awarding certificates for clubs who want to participate in International Night, but do not wish to make an oral presentation.

At the conclusion of the presentations, all attending may sample the regional foods while the judges make their final decisions. Each club participating needs to supply drinks, cups and table service. Clubs are also reminded to bring along extension cords and coolers if needed.

Countries to be highlighted this year are Bulgaria, Canada, China, Philippines, along with the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. We invite the public to attend 4-H International Night.

4-H horse & pony paperwork due May 1

The Saline County 4-H Horse & Pony registration forms are due in to the Extension office before May 1. Copies of these forms are available at the Extension office.

4-H Horse & Pony exhibitors will need to fill out a Validation Form and return it (along with photos of the horse if the 4-H member plans to exhibit at the Illinois State Fair) for each horse or pony they may possibly plan to exhibit at the July Saline County 4-H Horse & Pony Show.

The Horse & Pony Committee will hold the next business meeting on Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the Extension office.

• Nancy Lambert is the program coordinator for the Saline County 4-H.