4-H Round-Up attracts record numbers

Published 11:00 pm Monday, June 18, 2012

The 2012 4-H Southeast Alabama Regional Round-Up was held at Troy University Thursday and Friday and a record number of 174 youth competed for regional titles in their specialty events.

“The Round-Up featured 22 competitions, including everything 4-H from baked foods to tractor driving. All competitors were already winners having placed first or second at district competitions.

“The competitions were really tough and all of the 4-H’ers represented their districts well,” said Grant Lyons, Pike County Extension coordinator. “We were very proud of the 4-H’ers who represented Pike County and congratulate them on a job well done.”

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Lyons said seven Pike County 4-H’ers placed in different events.

In the Junior Division, Angel Kellogg, place first in the fashion review, Veronica Cooper, second in the bicycle competition and Mary Ramage, second in the Alabama Quilters.

Pike County had two second-place finishers in the Intermediate Division, Havyn Dates in the free-style showcase and Harrison Johnson in the lawn tractor.

In the Senior Division, Nathan Webb placed second in the lawn tractor competition and Sarah Webb placed third in the $15 Challenge.

“We had great participation by all youth, and excellent effort by the 4-H staff and Troy University to make it all happen,” Lyons said. “There were also many volunteer judges that we would like to thank. They took time out of their day to come work with our youth and those youth very much appreciate folks taking the time to be a part of their lives and the 4-H program.”

Lyons extended a special thanks to Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. and Troy University,

“The 4-H Southeast Alabama Regional Round-Up is an outstanding event that involves much work behind the scenes,” he said. “We hope to continue having this event at Troy University. It’s a great way to expose our youth to the campus while continuing to build on the great relationship between Alabama 4-H and Troy University.”

Participants in the 2012 4-H Southeast Alabama Regional Round-Up represented Pike, Houston, Geneva, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Coffee, Barbour, Bullock, Russell, Chambers, Lee, Tallapoosa, Montgomery, Macon, Elmore, Butler, Conecuh, Baldwin, Escambia and Monroe counties.