East Montpelier--Talented 4-H'ers from eight 4-H clubs in Orange and Washington Counties participated in Super Saturday 4-H Regional Day, April 8, in East Montpelier.

The annual event, held at East Montpelier Elementary School this year, provided an opportunity for local 4-H'ers to demonstrate what they have learned through University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H projects. Along with earning ribbons, the top action exhibits, stage performances, photos and other category entries also qualified for 4-H State Day, slated for May 13 in Barre, which features outstanding 4-H'ers from throughout the state.

Chosen as emcees for Super Saturday were Halley Barnhart, East Calais, and Alexis Taylor-Young, South Royalton. Several clubs also played major roles in making the day a success.

The Trailblazers 4-H Club of Plainfield set up for the event. Middle Branch 4-H Club, Randolph Center, staffed the registration table while the Clever Clovers 4-H Club, Tunbridge, ran the concession stand.

The following entries were selected for State Day:


  • ACTION EXHIBITS: Clever Clovers 4-H Club, Tunbridge (How to Make a Rope Halter)
  • DEMONSTRATION (TEAM): Hayden Howe, Tunbridge, and Hayden Mabry, South Royalton (How to Clone a Woolly Mammoth)
  • FASHION REVUE: Amanda Ferris, Braintree (one-piece pajamas); Samantha Flint, Brookfield (dress); Adam Messier, Braintree (tank top and shorts for himself and his nephew Logan); Sheyenne Miller, Randolph (dress) 
  • ILLUSTRATED TALK: Julia Howe, Tunbridge (How Drugs Can Look Like Other Common Items); Hayden Mabey, South Royalton (The Mayan Civilization); Alexis Taylor Young, South Royalton (The Brain and Dreams)  
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Amanda Ferris, Braintree (Take Your Shot); Sheyenne Miller, Randolph (After the Storm)
  • POSTER: Emily Deome, Randolph Center (HCD Haplotypes for Cholesterol Deficiency in Holstein Cattle); Hannah Deome, Randolph Center (Winter Tracks); Olivia Kane, Newbury (Horse Breeds); Josh Taylor, South Royalton (The Play I was In)
  • SEWING--NON-CLOTHING: Maisa Cook, Newbury (apron); Tessa Cook, Newbury (doll mermaid costume); Lizzie Vaughan, South Ryegate (apron)
  • STAGE PRESENTATIONS (INDIVIDUAL): Alexis Taylor-Young, South Royalton (singing in sign language)
  • STAGE PRESENTATIONS (GROUP): Geneva Audette and Alex Taylor, both from South Royalton (singing) 
  • TABLETOP DISPLAY: Olivia Campbell, Randolph (Justin Morgan); Northern Vermont Working Steers 4-H Club, West Fairlee (4-H Working Steers: From Start to Finish); Amy Vaughan, South Ryegate (The Steps of Haying); William Vogt (How a Car Engine Works). Alternates: Joey Ferris, Braintree (Vermont Livestock Crossword); Eliza Mabey, South Royalton (Mediterranean Cruise); Kaleb Thorton, South Royalton (Field Training Officers) 


  • ACTION EXHIBIT: Horse of Course 4-H Club, Waterbury (Palomino Pizzeria); North Winds 4-H Club, Barre (Northern Lights)
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Raven LeXander, Montpelier (Cairn)
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING: Halley Barnhart, East Calais (How the Government Works) 
  • STAGE PRESENTATIONS (INDIVIDUAL): Sieanna Forkey, Waterbury (singing) 

Throughout the day Johanna Anderson and Kelsey Wentling of EarthWalk Vermont in Plainfield led outdoor games and shared their nature museum with Super Saturday participants. The non-profit nature education organization offers programs and summer camps designed to help children, families and communities reconnect with and care for the planet.

For more information about 4-H in Orange and Washington Counties, contact Allison Smith, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at ((802) 476-2003, ext. 205, or by e-mail at Allison.Smith.2@uvm.edu.


Allison Emily Smith