Burlington--The annual 4-H State Day, a capstone experience for Vermont 4-H members, adopted a virtual format this year, allowing members to showcase their talents and project work while social distancing.

Nineteen 4-H'ers enrolled in Caledonia and Essex County 4-H clubs were among the 82 participants taking part in this University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H event. Entries were accepted in 16 different categories including illustrated talks, photography, posters, tabletop exhibits and technology, among others, via video and email for evaluators' feedback on presentation, creativity and other criteria.

"Just a few months ago none of us could have imagined that we would be social distancing and that major events in the 4-H year, like State Day, would be canceled," says Allison Smith, UVM Extension 4-H Youth Learning Experiences coordinator. "Taking this event online was a new endeavor for all of us--staff, volunteers and youth.

"However, as the exhibits poured in, 4-H'ers led the way in their excitement, innovation and ability to adapt quickly to change. They took their illustrated talks into the field, added music to their team demonstrations and exercised new skills in photography and videography to creatively capture their communications and public speaking projects."

Area participants and their entries were:


DANVILLE: Giselle Fenoff (poster: Off-track Thoroughbred); Luke Morrison (poster: Western Tack and Attire); Renee Payton (poster: How To Pack a Trailer for a Show with Accuracy); Tieghan Perry (poster: All Things English)

LYNDONVILLE: Ava Smith (poster: Norway Spruce Pinecone, group tabletop exhibit: Dalmations); Olivia Smith (tabletop exhibit: Horse Facts; group tabletop exhibit: Dalmations); Addison Tuohey (group tabletop exhibit: Dalmations) 

NORTH DANVILLE: Abby McReynolds (individual demonstration: How to Safely Tack Up Your Horse); Andy McReynolds (illustrated talk: Archery Shooting and Safety, photo: Spring's Work); Luke McReynolds (illustrated talk: Training a Beagle Puppy, photo: A Winter's Run); Nick McReynolds (photo: My Cute Dixie, poster: Parts of a Shotgun)

PASSUMPIC: Bristol Holcombe (poster: How to Get Ready to Ride a Horse)

ST. JOHNSBURY: Miranda Caron (poster: Buck 'n Clean)

STANNARD: Paige Ainsworth (4-H promotional video)

WATERFORD: Lily Call (individual demonstration: How to Make Handmade Bowl Cozies, photo: Man's Best Friend? My Best Friend!, poster: What the 4-H Pledge Means to Me); Addison Greenwood (poster: How to prepare a stall)


Lancaster, New Hampshire: Kailyn Jones (poster: Oh the Places You'll Go); Lauryn Jones (poster: 4-H Lights the Path For a Brighter Future)

Lunenburg: Rozalynd Ahlmann (individual stage presentation: singing)

To learn more about 4-H in Essex County, contact Lindy Birch at (802) 334-7235, ext. 481. For Caledonia County, contact Anthony Willey at (802) 751-8307, ext. 357.


Allison Emily Smith
A poster of a lighthouse saying "4-H Making the Path for a Brighter Furure"
Lauryn Jones entered a poster, 4-H Lights the Path for a Brighter Future, in 4-H State Day. Lauryn, a member of an Essex County 4-H club, is from Lancaster, New Hampshire. (photo: courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)
A poster saying "Oh the Places You Will Go"
Kailyn Jones of Lancaster, New Hampshire, created a poster, Oh the Place You Will Go, for the virtual 4-H State Day. (photo: courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)