Slope County holds annual 4-H Wind up party

The Slope County 4-H Wind Up party was on Sunday, October 25, at the Community Center in Amidon. The Wind Up party is a time to celebrate the previous 4-H year and get the club excited for the start of the new season, which began on September 1.

Group of 4-H kids learning about the game rules they are about to play. (Photo by Rachel Bock/The Herald)
Group of 4-H kids learning about the game rules they are about to play. (Photo by Rachel Bock/The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

The Slope County 4-H Wind Up party was on Sunday, October 25, at the Community Center in Amidon. The Wind Up party is a time to celebrate the previous 4-H year and get the club excited for the start of the new season, which began on September 1.

For several years the theme of the party has been a Halloween-inspired costume party, as kids and even adults, dress up in their Halloween costumes.

Most of the Slope County 4-H members and their families enjoyed an exciting evening filled with games, food, door prizes, and fun.

A major part of the Wind Up Party is the awards ceremony, that recognizes 4-H members. Some recognitions include years of service, award pins, The Friends of 4-H award, and the Outstanding Junior and Senior 4-H member award.

Slope County Extension Agent Shelby Hewson was very happy with the 2014/15 4-H year, and was thrilled that there were 55 active 4-H members involved this last year in Slope County. Hewson was happy with the Wind Up party, and was pleased with the crowd of almost 100 that were in attendance.

“Everything went wonderful, it’s a lot of fun, just fun to see these kids in all their costumes,” Hewson said.

Service Awards were given out to

Cloverbuds: Grady Bock, Tucker Bock, Claire Burke, Grady Burke, Emily Burke, Kallie Dinius, Sierra Fitterer, Bryson Frank, Evelyn Hewson, Mason Lambourn, Caleb Lane, Cutter Ouradnik, Jett Ouradnik, Aiden Rafferty, Ryan Rustan, Julie Claire Sarsland, Joel Schulz, McKoy Stecher, Mika Stuber, Carly Wolf, and Ty Wolf.

First Year: Paige Pagel, Samantha Fitterer, Jaren Rafferty, Kinze Steiner

Third Year: Emma Bock, Wyatt Dorner, Avery Frank, Tavion Clevenger, Hennessie Clevenger, Matthew Bock, Maury Burke, Ray Steiner, Grace Dinius

Fifth year: Mitch Stuber, and Jacob Steiner

Friends of 4-H award was presented to the Darwin and Colleen Germann Family for their years of service and dedication to 4-H.

Award Pins were given out to any 4-H members that submitted an application regarding their specific projects that they entered at the fair. The application asks questions for each member to answer. Those include: what they learned about their project, and how they would have made their project better.

After the applications are submitted, they are judged by a third party judge to determine the winners.

Award Pins were given out in the following categories:

Leather working: Grace Dinius

Home Environment: Ray Steiner

Beef: Ray Steiner

Horticulture: Grace Dinius

Clothing and Textiles: Kinze Steiner

Goat: Mace Stuber

Outdoor Skills: Jacob Steiner

Food and Nutrition: Emily Dinius

Horse: Mace Stuber

Photography: Emily Dinius

To determine the outstanding Junior and Senior 4-H member for the year, all Junior and Senior 4-H members can fill out an application. This application lists all of that members 4-H accomplishments, and of all of their 4-H activities that they participated in during the year.  The applications are then judged again by a third party judge to determine the winner. The 2014/15 Outstanding Junior and Senior members are:

Outstanding Junior 4-H member: Mitch Stuber

Outstanding Senior 4-H member: Mac Stuber

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