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Local 4-H'ers Show Off Their Talents At 4-H Regional Day In Barre

Members of the Middle Branch 4-H Club in Randolph Center modeled their outfits at the fashion revue at Super Saturday 4-H Regional Day, April 12 in Barre. From left: Samantha Flint, Brookfield; Cadance Hammond Adam Messier, Braintree; Morgan Conant, Randolph Center and Kathleen Kenyon (with her niece), Randolph Center (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)

Barre--For 4-H'ers in Orange and Washington Counties, April 12 was a fun-filled day to share what they have learned through University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H projects with family, friends and the community.

Super Saturday 4-H Regional Day, held at Barre Town School in Barre, offered 4-H'ers, ages 8 to 18, an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge through action exhibits, demonstrations, illustrated talks, tabletop displays, stage presentations and photography and poster contests. Several youths also modeled clothing made in 4-H sewing projects. Emcees for the event were Jocelyn Hewitt and Eliza Mabey, both of South Royalton and members of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club.

Top winners in each category qualified for 4-H State Day, May 17 at the Barre Civic Center in Barre.  The annual event showcases talented 4-H'ers from throughout the state, some of whom will have the opportunity to represent Vermont at Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts next fall.

Super Saturday kicked off with a talk by Lindsey Noordsij of Calais, a member of the Trailblazers, a 4-H horse Club in Calais. This is the third consecutive year that Lindsey has been invited to give the keynote talk, which this year addressed the topic, "Success."

The 4-H'ers also participated in workshops on how to balance a checkbook, led by Lori Belding of Northfield Savings Bank in Barre and fitness taught by Tyler Strange, a CrossFit trainer from the Confluence in Berlin. A self-guided knowledge search exercise encouraged youths to explore the action exhibits, posters and table top displays to answer specific questions about the exhibit.

Individuals and clubs selected to attend 4-H State Day, by county, include:


  • ACTION EXHIBITS: Middle Branch 4-H Club, Randolph Center (Cookies in a Cloud; participating members were Morgan Conant, Randolph Center; Brianna McLlarky and Sheyenne Miller, both from Randolph; Adam Messier, Braintree)
  • DEMONSTRATION (INDIVIDUAL): Alexis Taylor Young, South Royalton (Programming a First LEGO League Robot)
  • DEMONSTRATION (TEAM): Alex Taylor and Autumn Wing, South Royalton (A Sneak Peek at Crohn's)
  • FASHION REVUE: Morgan Conant, Randolph Center (shorts, top and bag); Samantha Flint, Brookfield (capri pants and top); Kathleen Kenyon, Randolph Center (shirt and shirt for niece); Adam Messier, Braintree (vest and pants) 
  • ILLUSTRATED TALK: Halley Barnhart, East Calais (Conformation of Horse Legs)
  • PHOTOGRAPHY (DIGITAL): Calvin Bonser, Corinth (Splashdown); Kobe Pierson, East Corinth (Waterfall Snowflake); Kelsey Smith, Topsham (Eye by Eye)
  • PHOTOGRAPHY (TRADITIONAL): Calvin Bonser, Corinth (Family Snow Day); Rachel O'Hearn, Fairlee (Up, Up and Away); Kobe Pierson, East Corinth (A Train Bridge); Olivia Sayers, Corinth (Cute, Cute Miles); Kelsey Smith, Topsham (Tools of the Barn)
  • SEWING-NON GARMENT: Natalie Smith, Topsham (table runner)
  • STAGE PRESENTATIONS (INDIVIDUAL): Eliza Mabey, South Royalton (Middle Eastern dancing)
  • STAGE PRESENTATIONS (GROUP); Topsham Pony Pals, Topsham (Learning by Living; participating members included Emily Carson and Eliza Goodell, Newbury; Claire Cook, Bradford); Clever Clovers, Tunbridge (Dancing Clovers; Grace Collins and Eliza Mabey, South Royalton)
  • TABLETOP DISPLAY: Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge (Picture Perfect Polishes); Peter Thornton, South Royalton (Do You Know the Law? Transporting Horses in Vermont)


  • ACTION EXHIBITS: Partridge Hill Horse Lovers, East Barre (Sketch to Etch; participating members included Mackenzie Crowe, East Montpelier; Elizabeth Malnati, Graniteville; Emma Cushman, Mariah Harding, Ellen Otterman and Abi and Elli Young, all of Barre and Logan Metcalf, Williamstown--Orange County)
  • FASHION REVUE: Cadance Hammond, Waterbury Center (shirt and top)
  • POSTER: Jordan Bombard, Duxbury (Horse Tack); Delana Cheney, Montpelier (Tacking 101)
  • TABLETOP DISPLAY: Ruby Proulx, Calais (Bones); Nicole Cutler, Waterbury (Not All Beds are Created Equal)

To learn more about 4-H in Orange and Washington Counties, contact Michael Wilson, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (802) 223-2389, ext. 205, or by e-mail at