The El Dorado County 4-H Youth Development Program celebrated its centennial year in California on April 13 with Home Arts Day.
On tap were competitions, demonstrations and plenty of learning activities for the 1,000 people expected to attend.
El Dorado County 4-H offers projects in 38 different areas, but Saturday’s event focused on Home Arts with entries including photography, robotics, fiber arts, cake decorating and art.
To encourage youths to visit all the different activity booths, each child received a passport with his or her photo. Every time they visited a 4-H activity, their passports were stamped.
Inside the Marshall Building, projects were judged while youths did demonstrations or participated in activities. Brianna Curtin, 10, of Placerville showed off her cake decorating skills while other youths did arts projects or watched adult leader Taffy Curtaz of Georgetown turn alpaca fiber into yarn. An extensive wall of photos showed off the photography skills of 4-H youths.
However, indoor activities weren’t the only thing on the schedule. Outside youths could participate in everything from launching bottle rockets, to playing disc golf, to visiting a petting zoo made up of the soft and fuzzy and the creepy crawly.
The soft and fuzzy included baby ducks, rabbits and goats as well as alpacas. The creepy crawlies included a ball python, tarantula, an iguana on a leash, different colored corn snakes, a scorpion, and several tortoises — some large enough to ride on.
Demonstrating that even creepy crawlies can make nice pets was 4-H youth Alex Gibbs, 18, who rehabilitates reptiles that people don’t want. Afterwards, she helps find new homes for them.
Tracy Celio, who is the 4-H youth development coordinator for the program in El Dorado County, said this year the program is celebrating its Centennial Year in California.
“We focus on civic engagement, leadership and community service. Kids can do any project, but the goal is those three things,” said Celio noting that they had 100 entries in this year’s competitions.
Winners in the Arts and Crafts competition were Lindsey Scales, Shannon Scales, Emily Scott, Jacob Gray, Elyse Johnson, Jonathan Rapp, Jarrett Darrah, Camelia Stout and Juliette Stout.
In Fashion Revue, the winners were Katie Cowles, Talia Debey, Holly Mason and Breanna Winter.
In Favorite Foods, the winner was Rachel Gray.
In Fiber Arts, the winners were Breanna Winter, Natalia Biale and Ashley Liguori.
In Photography, the winners were Cody Schmid, Jacob Gray, Hannah Hill and Gina Phillipsen.
4-H’s next big event will be a Chili Cook-Off fundraiser on May 11 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Included will be chili tasting, BBQ, a cake auction and silent auction, music and more. Call 530-621-5503 for more information or tickets.
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