Column: 4-H Show and Sale

For more than 100 years, 4-H has become one of the foremost leadership programs for youth.

For more than 100 years, 4-H has become one of the foremost leadership programs for youth and has truly inspired the Heads, Hearts, Health and Hands of many world-wide.

One of the ways BC’s 4-H was recognized this past year is through their agriculture achievements, receiving the prestigious Century Farm Award, for example. Ranching and livestock is a big part of the economy of the Cariboo-Chilcotin and I couldn’t be more proud of all those involved with the Williams Lake and District 4-H and all they do every day to make our communities a better place.

Whether the opportunities and projects they have include fixing a small engine, knitting a sweater or training an animal — the friends made, team building, education, self-confidence development, goal-setting and lifetime skills learned are part of the reason why 4-H has truly become a worldwide movement where 4-H staff, volunteers and supporters are also passionate about addressing the need to build on this brand.

And what better way to show off the skills learned than at a show and sale? The 57th annual 4-H Show and Sale is coming up, where different 4-H clubs will be participating and competing against other clubs in the district. During this time, you can see the hard work, patience and dedication that our youth put into raising their animals, discover many of their gifts and talents and see their projects that you and your family and friends could enjoy.

After all the competitions are over, the last night of the show and sale weekend comes to an end during sale night, where all market projects are auctioned off by 4-H members and sold to local business and individual supporters of 4-H. I encourage everyone to come and see what 4-H is all about. You can do so by showing your support by attending Aug. 15-19 where the sale will take place on the evening of Aug. 19 held at the Williams Lake Stock Yard located at 4665 Cattle Drive. Other ways you can get involved are by joining or visiting them online at bc4h.bc.ca where you can stay up-to-date on any other upcoming events or fundraising initiatives.

Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin.