Meet a local 4-Her: Braelyn McNally – cancelled events didn’t slow her down

Hi, my name is Braelyn McNally and I am a member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club, where I am serving as our club president. This was my fourth year in 4-H and this year I was enrolled in beef, clothing, foods and nutrition and visual arts.

In my beef project I bought one steer, Gonzo, and two heifers, Adelee and Rosie. I got Reserve Grand Champion with Gonzo at the Osage City fair, and Grand Champion with my heifer Adelee. At the Overbrook fair, my heifer Rosie got Grand Champion!

I had so much fun this summer showing my steer and heifers as well as hanging out with my friends in the barns. For cooking, I made a new recipe, Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins, and I entered them at both of our fairs. For clothing, it was hard because I couldn’t go out like I normally do and try on different outfits, but lucky for me I had outfits already in my closet that fit nicely! I bought my dress last fall on clearance and have got a lot of use out of it last fall and this summer. For visual arts, I made a painting with buttons in the shape of a hot air balloon. This was really fun to paint and make! I also entered it at both fairs this summer.

Due to COVID-19, a lot of events were cancelled, including one of my favorites, 4-H camp. I was able to participate in our district’s favorite foods contest, which was held virtually. This year I made a family favorite, Rita Casserole. I created a cute centerpiece that coordinated with my casserole from things we already had at our house. I then talked about the nutritional value of the casserole and told how to make it and how the centerpiece fit with the theme of my dish. For the district contest I was first place for Osage County intermediate, and received third place at our SE area contest.

I also participated in my club’s local activities, such as our making Christmas packages for local men and women who are deployed overseas, and caroling around Melvern. I also helped our club with the local Trunk or Treat.

Even though I was not able to do all the events and activities I normally do my 4-H year was still a great year and I can’t wait to start the next!

Celebrating 4-H Week
Oct. 4-10, 2020


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