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Inchelium Community Celebrates 4-H Achievements

Members of the Inchelium community joined in force, to help recognize the achievements of 4-H members and 4-H leaders. Fifty-eight people were on hand to help the Inchelium Haypitchers and the Kewa Hillbillies 4-H clubs celebrate their completion of a successful 4-H year.

The theme for the evening was chickens. The tables were decorated with chicken print tablecloths and chicken centerpieces, while dinner was fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy with all the trimmings. Food was prepared by the 4-H leaders, parents, youth and volunteers and in true 4-H fashion, all contributed to the clean-up efforts at the end of the evening.

A skit, Inchelium’s version of Henny Penny, was performed by 4-H leaders and parents. The moral of this skit was all 4-H projects, whether they be large animal, small animal or other exhibits, are important, and while all 4-H projects are important, it is what you learn while doing them that really matters.

Linda McLean, Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension Coordinator, was on hand to present achievement pins and show support for the 4-H clubs. A slide show offered snapshots of the Ferry County Fair, and allowed people to view parts of the fair that they may not have been able to see. She also presented information on the benefits of 4-H participation and how to join a 4-H club. Linda also announced that two 4-H youth from Inchelium had been selected to participate in the Intertribal Agriculture Council Symposium (IAC) in Las Vegas. Victoria Seymour and Thomas Cohen will represent the Colville Reservation 4-H program during the annual IAC symposium. They will have opportunities to meet with other 4-H youth from across the nation, as well as leaders in Native American Agriculture. They will each present an oral presentation to the IAC General Assembly, on their 4-H experiences in raising animals.

Many hands make light work and the Inchelium Community is definitely “Making the Best Better” through 4-H participation.

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