Shuswap 4-H Achievement Day

This year's Shuswap 4-H achievement day was the biggest the club has ever had in all its 15-plus years of running. Achievement day is an opportunity for 4-H members to show what they have learned on their 4-H projects and get feedback from the leaders on what can be improved. This gives members a great chance to learn the correct ways to present their projects at upcoming fairs. Having an early achievement day can always leave members spared from achieving in the hot heat, this year we lucked out and got nice blue skies and sunshine. Our achievement day this year was down at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds where many different projects came. There were horses, cows, sheep, goats, cavies, rabbits, dogs, fibre arts, photography, and cloverbud projects. 

Most members had a chance to practice their showing and presentational skills, many of the Shuswap 4-H members are preparing for the upcoming fair season. The main fairs the club will  be going to are The Armstrong IPE, The Salmon Arm Fall Fair, and The Barriere Agriculture Expo. But some members will be attending other fairs too. All these projects and more will be at most of the fairs. This year is the first year that poultry is not a project of the Shuswap 4-H Club and has not been at some fairs for a few years now. This is due to the bird flu. This is very sad for some of our club members as we cannot have any poultry projects right now.  Hopefully in the future, our poultry will be a regular project again. 

During the achievement day, there were some special activities that some of the members and projects got to do. The horse members braided their horses' hair and prepared them for riding. The goat and sheep members did an agility course with their animals which consisted of weaving in between poles, walking through water, and standing on a block. And at the end of the day, many club members played games while getting ready to go home.