Summertime is an extremely busy time for youth activities, especially those in 4-H. According to Extension agents Jane Holubec and Jerry Kidd, “Many county 4-Hers have hardly been home this summer because of the numerous 4-H opportunities being offered. Several have been recognized on the district and state level, with some qualifying for certain state and national events to be held later in the summer for their achievements.” The following are highlights of summer events that McCulloch County 4-Hers have been active in thus far: STATE 4-H ROUNDUP During the State 4-H Roundup held in College Station, eight McCulloch County 4-Hers represented District 7 from McCulloch County in the State Fashion Show, Photography Show, Livestock Judging, Food Show, and various other demonstrations. Jenna Behrens placed first overall in the fruit and vegetable division in the Food Show, with Erica Paniagua placing tenth in Clothing Construction Speciality. In the Photography Shows which registered over 970 participants, Wendee Carlson placed first and third in her categories, with Paniagua third. Paniagua also presented a food and nutrition method demonstration. Placing sixth overall with their family life demonstration was the team of Meagan Schaffner and Thomas Castro. In the livestock judging competition, Leslie Ranne, Zane Brandenberger, Cody Holubec, and Casey Kidd placed ninth overall. The team placed first in sheep and seventh in swine. Individually, Holubec was sixth, followed by Ranne seventh, and Kidd tenth in sheep. Ranne also participated in the Food Show’s main dish category. DISTRICT 4-H HORSE SHOW During the District 4-H Horse Show held in Sweetwater, two 4-H members, TK Morris and Molly Gage, qualified to for the State 4-H Horse Show to be held in July in Abilene. During the District show, Morris’ gelding placed first in halter. Gage placed eighth in pole bending, and fourteenth in the barrel racing events. TRI-COUNTY 4-H RECEPTION CAMP At the Tri-County 4-H Reception Camp, 83 4-Hers from McCulloch, Concho and Coleman Counties camped out at the Heart of Texas Bible Camp in Brady June 19-21. Senior 4-H Camp Counselors from McCulloch County included Jenna Behrens, Kristen 4-H, Leslie Ranne, Erica Paniagua, Meagan Schaffner, Cody Holubec, Casey Kidd, Wendee Carlson, Erica Roueche, Diane Schuffler, Amanda Pellizzari, Jay Behrens and Matt Dean. Members attending from the county included Jace Fincher, Erett Edmiston, Roz Roueche, Webb Roueche, Courtney Humphreys, Carter Humphreys, Katelin Scott, Jacob McAnally, Bo Stuart, Hunter Stuart, Laney Humble, Jordan Power, Bodie Landes, Nolan Landes, David Cox, Kasey Cox, Lacey Sawyer, Wayne Cox and Chandra Dean. Also, Joshua James, Brandon James, Lindsay Brown, Trent Barley, Trevor Stuart, Ty Hawkins, Katelyn Curry, Justin Dennis, Tanner Matschek, Josh Behrens, Laret Lawrence, Kendall Rice, Kristin Rice, Austin Rice, Bryar McDonald, Ridge McDonald, Callie Young, Lauren Pittman, Destiny Byrd, Shelby Young, Carrie Lundgren, and Austin Reed. Special speakers included Casey Kidd, Jenna Behrens, and Dr. Gene Nelson. Kidd, member of the 4-H Buckskin 2nd Brigade, presented a whitetail deer awareness program and an overview of the 4-H Buckskin Brigade Leadership Group. Behrens, member of the District 7 Council, presented a 4-H leadership program that challenged the campers to develop needed skills while working with others. McCulloch County 4-H rifle coach Dr. Nelson presented a gun safety presentation program while working with the campers on shooting techniques using professional style BB guns. DISTRICT 7 4-H LEADERSHIP CAMP McCulloch County had one of the largest county delegations at the District 7 4-H Leadership Camp which was held in Mayhill, N. Mex., June 25-28. Members attending included Leslie Ranne, Erica Paniagua, Jenna Behrens, Meagan Schaffner, Cody Holubec, Amanda Pellizzari, Wendee Carlson, Mathew Dean, and Jay Behrens. The 4-Hers receive training on how to become stronger leaders within their communities. FARM BUREAU LEADERSHIP CAMP The Farm Bureau Leadership Camp was held in San Angelo this summer. Thomas Castro, Leslie Ranne, Blake Andrews, Monty King, and Michelle Davenport, all from McCulloch County, attended the camp. WILDLIFE LEADERSHIP CAMP Casey Kidd attended the State 4-H Buckskin 2nd Brigade (wildlife leadership camp) held in Carrizo Springs. HOWARD COUNTY LAMB LEADERSHIP CAMP The Howard County Lamb Leadership Camp in Big Spring, was attended by Adam Jacoby, Holden Jacoby, Dylan Jacoby, Reece Jacoby, Zach Jones, Quentin Powell, and Tyler Williams. FARM SAFETY CAMP The Farm Safety Camp was held in San Angelo, and Jay Behrens, Mathew Dean, and Josh Behrens, all McCulloch County 4-Hers attended the camp. 4-H STATE BEEF LEADERSHIP TOUR Cody Holubec attended the 4-H State Beef Leadership Tour. 4-H SHOTGUN CLUB The 4-H shotgun group has also stayed busy during the summer months. A group of 4-Hers have been attended a number of invitational events this summer and practicing Sunday afternoons learning proper handling & safety of shotguns. For their efforts, a number of the 4-Hers have qualified to attend the State 4-H Skeet & Trap Shoot in San Antonio next week. Qualifiers from McCulloch Count are Casey Kidd, Taylor Owens, James Ross, Sterling Sammons, Zeb Abbott, Clayton Sammons, Bonnie Richardson, Patrick Sammons, Jake Long, Brandon Sammons, Katie Kidd, Luke Sammons, Michael Land, and Wade Skaggs. The group is coached by Jack Richardson and Tom Sammons. Abilene Skeet & Trap Shoot Sub juniors (13 & under) third team skeet Wade Skaggs’sixth skeet, sixth trap, seventh overall; Luke Sammons’eighth skeet, ninth overall; two man team with Skaggs and Sammons ‘second team trap, Katie Kidd – seventh trap; juniors (14 – 15) Sterling Sammons’second sporting clays, fifth trap, fifth skeet, fourth overall; Taylor Owens’eighth trap, eighth skeet, ninth overall; seniors (16 and over) Casey Kidd – seventh Trap, eighth skeet, seventh overall. TEXAS JUNIOR SIMMENTAL & SIMBRAH ASSOCIATION Leslie Ranne, Casey Kidd, Zane Brandenberger, and Katie Kidd competed in College Station during the Texas Junior Simmental and Simbrah Association heifer show with their 4-H projects. Over 120 4-Hers from across the state participated in a number of educational activities, including judging, oral reasons, public speaking, sales talks, showmanship, two beef cattle quizzes, and heifer competition. In the Junior Division (9-15 year olds), Katie Kidd was the overall high point junior at the State Futurity. Kidd placed first in livestock judging, first in livestock oral reasons, second public speaking, seventh in herd quiz, seventh in sales talk, eighth in the Sire Summary quiz, and fifth in heifer competition. Kidd won an additional $400 travel scholarship to represent Texas on their junior team at the National Futurity in Ft. Collins, Colorado in July.