Jerauld-Buffalo County Achievement Days took place on August 3-5, 2020. The first day took youth out to the 4-H barn to exhibit livestock. Entries were judged by Jeff VanderWal of Brentford, SD and poultry and rabbits were evaluated by Andy Jensen of Chester, SD. 

Entries proved to be solid but down 28% compared to a normal year. 

“Despite a pandemic I think these trends were seen across the state,” said Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. “We took safety precautions and sanitized more often. Creating environments where youth can excel and grow will be more important now than ever. It was never a question of not having Achievement Days for me personally. It was how are we going to make this happen” stated Scheel. 

Day two was static exhibit judging. Youth dropped off their items in a staggered manner. Judges came in and evaluated the exhibits that afternoon. For the safety of everyone 4-H leaders chose not to do interview judging this year. 

Day three was a fun day with events planned by  Teen Leadership Academy (TLA) members, Haeleigh Mulder, Harlee Heim, Caroline Witte, Hannah Heezen, Raylee Fagerhaug, Carissa Scheel, and Avery Orth.  

Events for the day included a Color Run sponsored by Max Muscle Nutrition/Andy and Missy Arhart, a companion animal fun show, and a 4-H dad fashion show. TLA members would like to thank Baker’s Design, the True Dakotan, Springs Food Market, American Bank & Trust, True Value and Prairie View Vet for sponsoring attire for the dad fashion show. Jon Jones scored “4-H Dad of the Year” winning the fashion show in his stylish pajamas. 

Leaders and 4-Hers extend a thank you to Ryan Jensen for cooking a hamburger supper sponsored by the 4-H Leaders Association.  4-H youth and leaders would like to say thank you to all area businesses for sponsoring and supporting our youth. Find results in this week's print and e-issue on PAGE SEVEN

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