An array of Huron County 4-H members and 4-H clubs were honored at the recent 72nd Kiwanis 4-H "A" grade banquet, which was held at the Norwalk Middle School.
The banquet is the only one of its kind in the state, as youth who receive an "A" grade at the county fair are invited to attend the banquet. Some 300-plus people, representing about 60 4-H clubs from across the county, were in attendance at the event. The event is sponsored by the Norwalk Kiwanis, 4-H clubs, businesses and other 4-H program supporters.
The prestigious "I Dare You Award" is awarded annually to two Huron County 4-H members who dare to do it all, when it comes to involvement in 4-H and activities. The 2006 I Dare You Awards were presented to Roberta Kuhlman of the Nifty Needlers and Cookers and Nick Nay of the 4-Leaf Clovers. Both recipients received an "I Dare You" book and a certificate.
In the area of "4-H Top Honor Clubs" 18 4-H clubs from across the county, with a rating of at least 96 points, were honored for another outstanding year in 2006. Of those top honor clubs, seven clubs were ranked in order of honor; there was a five-way tie for first place. They included:
First Place: Ridgefield Country Kids, Richmond Mothers Helpers, Ripley Nifty Needlers and Cookers, Lyme Producers and the Busy Needles.
Second Place: Hartland Scramblers.
Third place: Rumblin Riders.
The other top honor clubs included: Classy Clovers, Greenwich Country Cornhuskers, Hartland New Horizons, Hartland Progressive Farmers, Huron County Junior Dairy, Huron Valley Go Getters, Lyme Clever Clovers, Monroeville Fortune Finders, Northside Country Kids, Town and Country and the Wakeman Wizards.
Countless other 4-H members from across the county were recognized in numerous areas of 4-H and Junior Fair programs. Those areas of recognition included: junior fair board, camp counselors, food and fashion board, state fair participates, junior fair royalty, speaking contest, outstanding and premier exhibitors, food and fashion board members, carteen and county 4-H representatives, demonstration contest and scholarships.
Mike Hemmelgarn comedy ventriloquist and juggler provided entertainment for the evening.
Those in attendance were served a meal by Blue Ribbon Catering and door prizes from Kiwanis members were handed out to 4- H members to close the evening.