The Montgomery County 4-H Amazing Race held on Saturday, October 3rd taught youth lessons on Agriculture. “This was a quintessential 4-H event modeling our slogan, “Learn by doing!” said County Extension Agent, Amy Monk.
4-Hers traveled to destinations around Mount Ida where they were met by presenters who explained various aspects of Arkansas agriculture. After each presentation, 4-Hers had to complete a challenge activity testing their knowledge before being given a clue to the next destination.
Bob’s Food City owner Stormy Cooper discussed foods that are grown in Arkansas. The teams had to complete a MyPlate challenge relay with Arkansas products from Bob’s Food City.
Brenda Forga, Food Pantry Director, discussed USDA commodities with the teams and their challenge was to restock the food pantry shelves.
Jeff Wilson of the Farmers Association showed teams different kinds of ingredients that go into making feed for cows, chickens and pigs. Groups completed a team-building activity in the feed store to emphasize working together.
Historian, Emilee Kinney, told the kids about women in Montgomery County stuffing mattresses with cotton. The 4-Hers then had to stuff a feed sack full of cotton batting to complete the challenge activity.
David Anderson of the Master Gardner’s explained how bees make honey followed by a pollination game which tested the team’s ability to work cooperatively.
Sorghum Master Hodge Black taught the teams the steps in making sorghum. The kids then raced to complete a game where they had to put the sorghum steps in order.
Organic Farmer, Brian Rogers, taught kids the importance of soil fertility. The kids also learned how to take a soil sample.
Farm Bureau talked about Farm Safety with the kids learning the 10 commandments of tractor safety.
Farmer, Kari Ann Hawthorn, talked about egg production. The kids a great time with an egg toss challenge.
Ag Agent, Randy Black, gave a “Wow that Cow” presentation highlighting products that are made from a cow.
The finish line at Rex and Stormy Coopers home was celebrated with awards and a wienie roast.
The R.A.G.E. (Ready, Able, Giving, Everything) Teen Leader Club supplied leadership for the event. The teens were team captains and provided guidance and encouragement to younger 4-H members. One 4-H teen leader commented, “Teamwork makes things more efficient and quicker when it comes to problem solving.” Teamwork is truly a quality important in leadership and one that Montgomery County 4-H is passionate about promoting.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.
El Servicio de Extensión Cooperativa de Arkansas es una institución de acción afirmativa/ igualdad de oportunidades/igualdad de acceso.