The Ambassador Beat: Sarina Goodfellow

The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program provides youth with advanced level training in leadership, citizenship, communications and public relations. Ambassadors put their energy and 4-H experiences to work recruiting new members and sharing the 4-H story. Throughout 2014, each of 4-H Ontario’s six Ambassadors will submit blog entries about their experiences in the program. The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program is proudly sponsored by GROWMARK, Inc. and UPI Energy LP. For more info on the Ambassador program click here. To book an Ambassador for you event please complete the request form.

Submitted by Sarina Goodfellow, 4-H Ontario Ambassador, Lennox & Addington Association

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

 

It’s the beginning of November and everyone is preparing their calves, putting together projects and making sure all their school work is done. To me the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is one of the most exciting times of the year. The smell of cinnamon buns as you walk through the shops or the smell of cattle spray it all makes the Royal very exciting.

 

I have been attending the Royal since I was a child and I have grown to love it more and more each year I attend. The first year I ever showed an animal at the Royal it was my 4-H rabbit in 2009 and that was an amazing experience. I then began showing cows and my biggest goal was to make it to the Royal. In 2013 my second year in the dairy club my chance to go to the Royal had finally came. I came home every weekend from school to work with my calf to prepare for the show ring. The night before the Royal I was bathing my calf in the freezing cold but it was totally worth it. That weekend was one of the best experiences I have had the Royal. All of the hard work that is put in all summer and fall finally pays off when you walk into the Ricoh Coliseum with the bright lights and the judges standing in the middle of the ring. The feeling of achievement doesn’t even begin to describe that feeling after you come out of that ring and you have just done the best you have ever done showing no matter if you are first or last. I have met many people through 4-H and the Royal is always a great chance to see people I normally don’t get to see over the year.

 

This year I got the privilege to go to the Royal as a 4-H Ambassador. I attended the Royal for three days and out of those three days I got to be an Ambassador for two of them. For the first day I watched the opening ceremonies for the 4-H beef show and I also walked around and talked to lots of people. Later in the day I had a shift at the 4-H booth where I got to talk to 4-H leaders and members and the general public. I even saw famous people in Ben Mulroney and Amber Marshall from the CBC show Heartland. The next day I watched some of the TD Dairy Classic and I had another shift at the 4-H booth. I got to run a game for children where they picked an object out of a basket of corn then I would ask them a question about the object and then they got a prize of either a sticker or a pencil. Many school groups came and played the game that day and they all got to learn about agriculture.

 

Over the years I have had many great experiences at the Royal whether it’s making new friends, catching up with old ones, shopping or showing. In the future I look forward to showing again and meeting many new people. I encourage all 4-H members to take a hold of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and try to get involved as much as possible. I believe the Royal is a great place for all ages to learn about agriculture. I encourage everyone at some point to go and check it out you won’t regret it.

 

KLH Claims GFTG Supremacy

By Ryan Métivier

All across the province 4-H’ers have been competing amongst their Associations and regions all year for a chance to represent their region at the Provincial Go For The Gold (GFTG) Competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

The Go For The Gold competition is a great experience for 4-H members to increase their knowledge of 4-H project materials, agriculture, food, community, events and much more, all while doing so in a team atmosphere. There are 4-H Association level and 4-H Regional level competitions hosted by local 4-H volunteers.

This year’s championship took place on Saturday, November 8 during The Royal and was highlighted by a dominating showing from the team from Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton of Region 3 who claimed the title. The team of first-time competitors went 5-0 in round robin play and amassed a total of 990 points. After this impressive showing, they entered the final against the team from Halton and Region 4 in a rematch of the first round robin game. KLH was able to come out on top once again though with a 185-120 win.

From l-r: Diane Armstrong (Coach), Maggie-Jo Hickson, Sadie-Jane Hickson, Cassandra Gorril, Trevor Kennedy, Craig Kennedy (Coach)

“I was stressed about mid-terms at university and everything so it was kinda like a crash thing,” said KLH team member Cassandra Gorrill when asked about how the team prepared for the competition. “But Sadie and Maggie are super intense on drilling and that’s basically how I prepared for today. You just kinda learn as much as you can in a short period of time. It’s intense.”

“The second we won Regionals is when we started preparing for this,” said Trevor Kennedy. “I think another thing that went into the preparation for today was reciting lots of acronyms and symptoms of diseases and things like that that came into play today.”

Despite the undefeated record, the team from KLH admitted there were many challenges throughout the day.

“The hardest part was definitely not second guessing yourself,” said Sadie-Jane Hickson. “Knowing that you know the answer and you know your team knows the answer, but sometimes you’re just not quick enough on the buzzer.”

“I think one of the hardest parts was just staring down the other team and just having to face them, especially when you know people on the other team,” added Kennedy.

Getting involved with GFTG was a way for the team’s whole county to come together.

“It’s a county thing, so our whole county is involved,” said Maggie-Jo Hickson. “Some clubs count it as a meeting and everyone in our county has such a great time at that night, we just want to continue on with it.”

The team was quick to thank many people for their contributions leading up to and throughout the competition including their parents, friends and supporters and everyone who was involved at the county, regional and provincial levels. They also thanked their coaches Diane Armstrong and Craig Kennedy.

“They’ve put a lot of hard work into it and they should really be proud of themselves,” said Armstrong. “They knew a lot of answers to questions that I had no idea on. They did a great job and the day was excellent.”

Other teams that competed in this year’s provincial competition included: Temiskaming – Region 1, Russell – Region 2, Huron – Region 5 and Elgin – Region 6.

For more photos from this year’s Provincial GFTG Competition click here.

Go For The Gold is made possible through the generous support Ontario Mutuals.