2012-03-01 / Front Page

Local 4-H-ers Compete at San Antonio

Lee County Jr. Livestock Show coming later this month

Local 4H members, Malissa Sanders, Maegan Sanders, Whitney Whitsel and Kelly Shows, participated in the Consumer Decision Making competition at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. Local 4H members, Malissa Sanders, Maegan Sanders, Whitney Whitsel and Kelly Shows, participated in the Consumer Decision Making competition at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. The Lee County 4-H Consumer Decision Making team competed at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, earning 9th Place out of 42 teams. Team members were Malissa Sanders, Maegan Sanders, Whitney Whitsel, and Kelly Shows.

“Many hours were dedicated to preparing for this competition. This Senior Team competed against other teams state-wide, including large counties like Bexar and Harris,” said County Extension Agent, Tonya Poncik.

The Consumer Decision Making Contest is a two-part team event. The first part of competition is to place or rank four options in a consumer scenario. Each scenario and its four options are a class, and the contest includes several classes.

Contestants study the information provided in the scenario, then assume the role of the consumer in the situation and decide which choice is best based on the situation.

The second part of the contest is giving oral reasons for the decisions made. Individual contestants explain why they decided on a certain placing. The ability to give oral reasons comes from experience in making comparisons and decisions, and from a thorough knowledge of the product information for the class.

This was Maegan’s first competition on the Senior Team. Whitney and Kelly, who are actually classified as Intermediate competitors, were advanced to the Senior Team due to unforeseen circumstances of fellow team mates. Lee County initially scheduled to have both a Senior and an Intermediate team at competition.

County Agent Tonya Poncik was confident in the abilities of the Intermediate members to compete at a Senior level. Intermediate ages are 11 to 13. Senior ages are 14 to 18. In Senior competition, individuals must give two sets of oral reasons rather than just one, as in Intermediate competition.

Maegan, Whitney and Kelly were part of the 2010 Intermediate Team which competed at San Antonio, earning Grand Champion Team.

Tyler Robertson placed 7th with his Market Lamb. Also competing with livestock exhibits were: Amanda Berger, market goat; Andrew Grimm, market barrow; Rustin Grimm, market barrow; Trent Jatzlau, market goat; Shelby Ormsby, Market Barrow; Tyler Robertson, junior breeding sheep and market goat; Toye Walther, market lamb; and Camryn Wilhelm, market barrow.

4-H and LCJLS

The Lee County 4-H Program had 152 members submit entries to the Lee County Junior Livestock Show (LCJLS). The Show runs from March 21 - 24, with the Auction Sale beginning on Saturday, March 24, at 1:30 pm.

County Extension Agent Keeton Ehrig said, “The 4-H’ers have been working with their animals for months; feeding, caring, grooming and practicing showmanship. It will be exciting to see the results of their efforts from these past months.”

Something new this year will be the format in which cakes are judged. Like livestock judging in the Show Arena, participants in the Cake Judging, both decorated and regular cakes, will stand alongside all the exhibitors in their category. Spectators will be able to see all that goes on during the judging process and experience the excitement as the top winners are announced. Cake judging is on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 1:30 pm.

Cakes not going to Auction will be available for sale immediately following the Judging. Pricing of non-auction cakes is arranged directly with the Exhibitor and immediately delivered.

For additional information regarding the Lee County 4-H Clubs, please call the Lee County Extension office at (979) 542-2753 or visit the 4-H Office at 310 South Grimes in Giddings.

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