“Learn to do by doing” was the motto updated by the 4-H movement in Canada back in 1954 and club members continue to learn by doing today.
Starting Saturday 4-H Club members from around the region will be continuing their year-long pursuit of learning by doing at the 57th annual 4-H Show and Sale taking place at the Williams Lake Stockyards through until the sale takes place on Wednesday evening.
If you are interested in purchasing homegrown produce for your winter larder there will be beef, pigs, sheep, and small animals such as chickens and turkeys on offer.
There will also be other items for sale such as photographs the members have taken as part of their project work.
Even if you are not interested in purchasing an animal, the 4-H show and sale is a great place for families to visit to learn more about how our food is produced and see the 4-H members at work caring for and showing their animals.
There are special times for the judging of various animal classes but every day offers something for visitors to see, either in the show ring or behind the scenes where members will be feeding and grooming their animals and have their projects on display. In addition to raising animals some members have dogs, horses, photography, small engines, gardening and food preparation as their projects.
Saturday the schedule starts with the dog show at 9 a.m. followed by the horse show at 10:30 am. During the day members will be weighing in their animals and completing the oral and written portions of judging for their entries.
Sunday the show ring is dedicated to the judging of sheep entries as well as the Cloverbud (youngest) show, poultry show, photography, gardening, small engines, and record book judging. Members are required to keep records of the care and feeding of their animals as well as other projects.
Monday is all about beef, leading up to the awarding of grand champion classes in the evening.
Tuesday is all about swine and the naming of special award winners.
Wednesday the 4-H members will be cleaning up the grounds and practicing for the sale which starts with the parade of champions at 6:30 p.m. Just before the sale begins the major awards are presented.