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A year in 4-H

Friday, October 26, 2012

Carlton Ralston stayed busy in 4-H throughout the year. Here, he is seen teaching at Youth Day at the Bedford County Fair.
(Submitted photo)
I am so very grateful for the opportunities that 4-H has given me this year. In April I was a Bedford County representative at the 65th Tennessee 4-H Congress. The theme was "Exceeding Expectations." This experience was most memorable because of I got to watch government in action as bills were voted on and discussed.

As spring turned into summer, my schedule in 4-H became extremely busy. I have several interests in 4-H, with animals being my main focus.

Let's begin with the horse group. There were several events this year that I did not get to participate in. However, I did get to show a horse by the name of "Archie," or formally as "Eb's Rock and Roll Delight." I had a great time.

Archie and I were the reserve high point winners for the Spotted Saddle Horse division. We also got the opportunity to attend 4-H Southern Regional in Perry, Ga. I would like to thank Lamar and Crystal Mitchell for all they do to help me be successful.

This summer I also had the opportunity to do some goat showing. This is a family event for me. My cousins, Keith and Molly work very hard with their goats and we showed them together. Goat showing was just one of the events at the Bedford County Fair. I served on the youth board for the fair, and was involved in several events including my garden vegetables and All Youth Day.

I had a great time at 4-H Round Up on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I got to be with my friends from different counties, and worked with other 4-H'ers in the horse group.

Later in the summer, the exchange group took off to Pigeon Forge to enjoy a few days at Dollywood. The exchange group is working toward going to California, so this year we needed to stay closer to home and save our funds.

I look forward to the future because I know the best is yet to come.

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