4H is a club common in the country (though not excluded from cities) where kids show animals and projects. It took me an a few years to grasp the range of projects that could be done. Now that we have a better understanding of categories, we were able to bring a lot more projects this year, and interview better for them. The kids are interviewed about their projects and are awarded either a blue or red ribbon, depending on the quality of their project and interview combined.
Silje brought 8 projects this year, and was awarded 8 blue ribbons. The girl who interviewed in front of her with some amazing wool projects, and was her age got 3 grand champion ribbons, which was exciting since we got to see that happen. So now Silje is trying to brainstorm a champion-grade project. David brought 3 projects, but he's in the cloverbud class, which is the younger kids. It's his last year as a clover bud, and next year he will be judged in the older class with Silje. Cloverbuds basically practice interviewing and bringing projects. They get used to the process, and the judge usually gives them hints on improving their projects for the next year, and gives them an inside look on how the judging is done. He got his 3 rainbow participation ribbons this year.
They get money for their projects too, and their checks will be mailed out later this fall. This is one of the biggest income generators for our kids for the year, so they really put their hearts into it.
Silje's projects were:
-A fairy garden terrarium
-2 flower bouquet arrangements
-2 framed, completed stamped cross stitch projects
-2 pieces of pottery from their pottery class
-A framed painting she did of her cat Starlight, and her 2 kittens
-A poster explaining his tree project with a tree to have on display
-A Lego starship he built from his imagination
-One of his pieces of pottery from their pottery class
(He was limited to 3 projects, in this class though if we had animals to show it could have been more.)
The kids' club also had to volunteer one morning at the food stand which earns money for the 4H program. They mostly had to wash tables, as the older kids in their club make more of the food. They also helped fill some simple orders. While they were at the food stand, the 3 younger kids and I walked through all of the barns and just had fun with all of the animals.
I've learned over the years that toddlers rarely stay in the stroller, and they scream if I just force them to. I always end up carrying them AND pushing the stroller, and it's too much on my body. So I just put Ingrid in the Ergo carrier, which is nice on my back, and since she snuggled into me all morning, I don't have any pictures of her. I have bunches of Elias and Solveig, though.
The baby animal barn was a favorite.
The ducks and geese were THE favorite. I found that surprising for some reason.
Of course, Solveig was delighted at the 4H club that decorated their horses' stalls in the "Frozen" theme.