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Page 4-H Club Officers Prepare for County Fair

August 21
08:21 2014

4h-pledgeThere are two young Page ladies who take their 4-H club and the duties associated with the club, very seriously. Karen Holsten is the president of the Page 4-H Livestock Club, and Tabitha Todd is vice president.

In preparation of next week’s Coconino County Fair in Flagstaff (Aug 30 – Sept 1) the two 4-H leaders raffled-off a prize pig while on-the-air at KXAZ 93.3 Jack-FM on Wednesday.

The 4-H motto is, “Learn by doing.”

You have to teach the kids to do things on their own they can grow as a person, and to do well on the outside,”  4-H Vice-President Tabitha Todd.

Holsten pointed out that they have to manage the money that comes in from a raffle such as this one. They have to keep close tabs on how much they’re spending on their animals and see how much profit they made.

Then the decision, according to Todd, is to decide whether to save the money or spend it on things they need.

When it’s time to go to the county fair, and subsequently say goodbye to the animals they’ve raised, it’s always tough. Todd pointed out that when they load the animlas on the Monday of fair week there’s almost always a huddle of the female 4-H members, crying.

Holsten sais it’s particularly difficult to say goodbye to lambs because you spend so much time with them, and they’re so sweet, according to her.

Pigs can be stubborn so it’s not so hard to say goodbye to them,” added Holsten. “But you still cry.”

Tabitha is a senior in high school and will be going on next year to college or the military. Therefore, she says, it’ll be really tough because she has to sell her rabbit, which she has raised for three years.

As far as “smarts” go, both girls agree that pigs are as smart as dogs. Karen even taught her pig how to sit.

The two ladies sold close to 500 raffle tickets and made a good profit, which will help them fix-up the area where they keep their animals. Holsten said their Page complex is a little old and needs work.

The last time we did some major renovation was when I first joined 4-H, about five years ago,” said Todd. “So we’re hoping to do some renovation to make it better and safer for the animals so that they have a nice place to live while they’re here.”

The two winners of the Berkshire Poland/China mix pig raffle were, Garrett Prall and Mike McNabb. They will split the animal with the club taking care of the processing.


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