4-H News
June 20, 2024 by Staff Report

The Geauga Beef and Swine 4-H Club meeting was held on May 19 at the Geauga County Fair school building...

Geauga Beef and Swine

The Geauga Beef and Swine 4-H Club meeting was held on May 19 at the Geauga County Fair school building. The meeting was focused on many different substantial topics. The first topic presented was the health and safety topic, which was keeping safe on the farm. Members talked about some keys to keeping the barn and animals safe.

Six members presented their presentations at the meeting. Mason Adams presented his poster on daily hair care in swine, James Hall presented on duck showmanship, Elizabeth O’Dell presented on parts of a duck and Logan Workman presented on pig diseases.

Members also discussed Camp Whitewood admissions and some details of what will happening. Camp Whitewood is June 9-14.

Towards the end of the meeting, they discussed the breeds of different animals and their differences. They went over every kind of animal so all members could discuss the types there are. (Submitted by Allie Stumph, news reporter)

Giggles ‘n Stitches

The 4-H season has already begun for the Giggles ‘n Stitches 4-H Club.  The club leaders are: Rebecca Zallar, president; Samantha Sunderhaft, vice president; Emily Tessean, secretary; Margaret Zallar, treasurer; Audrey Knaus, hospitality coordinator; Isabelle Violette, news reporter; Lucy Weaver, health and safety officer; Gianna Aquila and Kate Moore, historians; Elin Serquina, junior treasurer; and Gabriella Damiani, junior secretary.

The club has started the season strong by attending the Auburn Township Roadside Litter cleanup by cleaning up trash along the roads of Geauga County. With the help of lead advisor Julia Wood and advisor Miranda Skitzki, the members were able to select patterns and fabric for their projects during a field trip to JoAnn’s Fabrics in Hudson.

The projects were chosen after getting feedback from members and advisors to figure out what project would be the best for members to complete this year. Everyone has been putting a lot of hard work and time into finishing their projects before Style Revue and project judging in July.

This year’s projects include loungewear, photography, quilting, market chickens, sundresses and so much more. Anyone interested in learning more about Giggles ‘n Stitches 4-H Club or Geauga County 4-H may contact OSU Extension Office at 440-834-4656. (Submitted by Isabelle Violette, news reporter)

Breeders & Feeders

Since its inception in 1971, Breeders and Feeders 4-H Club has worked to make the “best better” in Geauga County. The club has its roots in breeding commercial beef cattle for market. Today, the club truly has something for everyone. Members have the opportunity to take such projects as beef, pigs, poultry, rabbits, sheep and goats to the fair. In addition, members have taken miscellaneous projects such as photography and veterinary science to the fair.

During meetings, members learn about raising quality market projects aimed at providing a good product to their buyers. Members are also involved in many community service projects such as making blankets for veterans, Geauga County Hunger Task Force, decorating placemats and creating cards for Geauga County Department on Aging, cleaning up trash after various events at the fairgrounds throughout the year, helping the Red Tulip and collecting donations for Rescue Village and Geauga Mamma Dogs & Puppy’s. Look for the club at the 2024 Great Geauga County Fair over Labor Day weekend.

The club also helps organize and put on the Geauga County 4-H 5K run and fun walk with help from Geauga Engineering and Robotics (GEAR), Plantmasters and Geauga Caprine Kids 4-H clubs. The 5K will take place on Sept. 1 at the Geauga County Fairgrounds in Burton. The race will begin at 8 a.m. in the large grandstands at the fairgrounds and will travel through the fairgrounds. Anyone interested in participating in the run or fun walk may visit the website: www.geaugacounty4h5k.com for registration information. Businesses or individuals interested in being sponsors may email geauga4h5k@gmail.com. [Submitted by Lindsey Jochum]