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Meet a 4-Her: Gradey McNally’s summer highlight is spending time at county fairs

My name is Gradey McNally and I am a fifth-year member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club, where I am serving as our club president. For my fifth year in 4-H, I enrolled in beef, horticulture (gardening) and meat goat projects.

In the beef project, I bought a steer in the fall and one meat goat in the spring for my goat project. I was able to plant a garden and tend it in the spring and summer months.

I had so much fun with my friends at the fairs this summer working with our animals and spending time together. Besides the fairs, which is always one of the highlights of my summer, I was able to help my club with a community service project we have been doing for two years now. We are redoing the picnic tables that are used at Melvern Sunflower Days, and are purchasing the materials and tools needed to repurpose them back into more sturdy picnic tables for everyone to enjoy, and doing the work required to get the project done!

A few other activities I attended were District Club Days, where I gave a multi-media presentation on “How to Compost.” I also helped out at our club’s trunk or treat, and the Melvern Easter Egg hunt.

I am looking forward to a new 4-H year and cannot wait to start my sixth year of 4-H, and continue having fun while learning about my projects!

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!


Meet a 4-Her: Allie Reeser, sheep friend and showman

Allie Reeser with one of her sheep at the Overbrook Osage County Fair.

My name is Allison Reeser. I am a Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club member. This is my ninth year in 4-H and my second year in the sheep project. My sister and I decided last year we would like to try a new project: sheep. So, to get us started for our birthdays, our parents and grandparents bought each a ewe and wether lamb.

Last year at the Overbrook fair, I had to sell my wether, and to be honest, it broke my heart. Our ewes were too young to breed, so they spent the winter at my grandparents’ farm. My sister and I would go daily to feed and water them. When spring came around, we sheared the winter coats off the sheep, and began working with them on leading and bathing. My sister was a big help in this because, with my work schedule, she could work with them more than me.

During this project, I learned how to gradually increase their feed to help work them up to being on full feed, how to clean a sheep pen, how to bathe and shear sheep, how to show sheep properly, and how much work it takes to take care of them at the fair.

Every year, I learn more about the sheep project and my sheep. After the Overbrook fair, we took our ewes to a breeder, so next spring, I will have a new lamb that I can work with and watch grow. I hope it’s a ewe, so I don’t have to sell it.


Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!

Meet a 4-Her: Braelyn McNally continues to learn in 4-H

My name is Braelyn McNally and I am a sixth-year member of the Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club, where I am serving as club vice president. I was enrolled in the beef, clothing, foods and nutrition and meat goat projects this past year.

In my projects, I had one steer that I purchased in the fall and one meat goat that I purchased in the spring. For clothing, I purchased bright orange pants and paired them with a black v-neck Navajo top I already had in my closet.

I wrote a speech for our District Club Days on beef sustainability in the ag industry and gave it at Club Days, Regional Club Days, and an ag-ed speech contest in Manhattan. Another highlight for me this year was receiving the champion round-robin award for the intermediate division at the Overbrook fair. I also enjoyed getting to be a special helper with our club’s Easter Egg Hunt we always host Easter weekend.

I look forward to another year in the 4-H program, where I can continue to learn within my project areas and have fun with new and old friends.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!


Meet a 4-Her: Nova Smith, photographer

Nova Smith shows her grand champion photograph and purple ribbon she received at Osage County Fair. The winning photo featured her little sisters.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!


Meet a 4-Her: Claire Newman, Kansas State Fair exhibitor

Claire Newman showing her Silver Fox rabbit at the Kansas State Fair.

I’m Claire Newman. My rabbit got a purple for best of breed and a blue for fur class at the Kansas State Fair. This was my first year at the state fair and I enjoyed my experience. I look forward to showing more rabbits at the state fair next year.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!


Meet a 4-Her: Mason Newman – It’s fun to exhibit goats

Mason Newman and his goat Sunflower.

I’m Mason Newman. This was my first year showing in 4-H and showing dairy goats at the Osage County Fair. I received a reserve champion in showmanship. I had so much fun and look forward to exhibiting again next year.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!


Meet a 4-Her: Bella Reeser loves ewe, wether or not

By Bella Reeser

Bella Reeser at the fair with one of her sheep.

My name is Isabella Reeser. This is my sixth year in 4-H and my second year in the sheep project. My sister and I decided last year we would like to try a new project – sheep. I was so excited about this project! Unlike my sister, I have never had the chance to show livestock, so I couldn’t wait! Our parents and grandparents bought each a ewe and wether lamb to get us started for our birthdays.

At the Overbrook Fair last year, I sold my wether, which was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Due to my ewe’s young age, we decided not to breed her over the winter months. Instead, they remained at our grandparents’ house, and every day, my sister and I would go to their house to feed and water our ewes. When springtime came around, my sister and I sheared the ewe’s winter coats off and began working with them on walking and giving them baths.

During this project, I learned how to gradually increase their feed to help work them up to being on full feed, how to clean a sheep pen, how to bathe and shear sheep, how to show sheep properly, and how much work it takes to take care of them at the fair.

I loved every step along the way with this project. Even though my ewe wasn’t the top sheep at either fair, I love her and wouldn’t trade her for anything.

After the Overbrook Fair, we took my ewe to a breeder, so next spring, if everything goes as planned, my flock will double! I can’t wait for what this next year in the sheep project has in store for me, and I look forward to the next generation of lambs I will have.


Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!


Starting a new 4-H year, Willing Workers continue willingly working

Willing Workers 4-H Club gets ready for cleaning chores at the Osage City fairgrounds. Courtesy photo.

Lena Stucky, Club Reporter

The Willing Workers 4-H Club has spent a lot of time helping the community these last 12 months. Last fall we spent a Sunday afternoon at Osage City Elementary School’s new playground raking, weeding, and cleaning to prepare it for students to enjoy.

Late last winter our 4-H group made sugar cookies and distributed them to the assisted living facilities around Osage City.

This spring we hosted the second annual Osage City citywide easter egg hunt, hiding over 2,000 eggs stuffed with prizes for the children of our community to enjoy. We had many easter egg hunters this year ranging from toddlers on up.

This summer we put in several sweaty hours cleaning the Osage City fairgrounds in preparation for, and again after, the Osage City fair.

Next month will kick off a new 4-H year of fun, projects, and serving the community. We are looking forward to a new year of service.


Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!

Meet a 4-Her: Best memories are 4-H fair memories for Kevin Whitmer

My name is Kevin Whitmer of the Willing Workers 4-H Club. This is my seventh year in 4-H and my projects include market lambs, poultry, foods, entomology and leadership. I am the senior treasurer for our club. My two favorite projects are sheep and poultry. This year I received Grand Champion Market Lamb with “Smokey” and Grand Champion Avian Showmanship with my Pekin duck, “Pickles.” Over the past year I made many new friends along with gaining confidence and leadership skills. My best memory for this past year is the time spent with friends at the county fairs.

4-Her Kevin Whitmer, Willing Workers 4-H Club, shows his Grand Champion Market Lamb, Smokey.


Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!

Annual 4-H achievement night spotlights the best of Osage County’s 4-H

Every year, Osage County 4-H hosts an achievement night to recognize those dedicated to 4-H and their efforts. Last year’s honorees were recognized as follows.

Herdsmanship Award

To be eligible for the herdsmanship award, exhibitors are required to take care of their animals and exhibit humane treatment for all livestock and pets as well as keep their stall locations clean. Winners of the award were Noah Wood, North Osage 4-H Club, and Ethan Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders.

Record Book Award

The record book award is for anyone who turns in their record book. All names are put in a hat and one is picked for the prize. Winning the award for 2021-2022 was Reece Wilcoxson, Willing Workers.

Kansas Key Award

The Kansas Key Award is one of the highest honors awarded to 4-H members across Kansas. As a 4-H award, the applicant needs to highlight 4-H related events, activities and achievements accomplished within the 4-H club, county/district, region or state. Recipients of the Kansas Key Awards were Dylon Harris, North Osage; Kiera McNellis, Clover Wranglers; and Ethan Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders.

Project Records Awards

The Osage City Lions Club has sponsored the local record book awards for more than 65 years. Here are the winners: Jr. division, Leila Wilcoxson, Willing Workers, entomology; Claire Newman, Willing Workers, foods and nutrition, pets, photography, plant science, poultry, rabbits, and visual arts; and Karley Lowry, Burlingame, horse.

Intermediate division winners were Braelyn McNally, Melvern Jr. Highline, beef; Tyler Williams, Lyndon Leaders, bucket calf, swine; Allie Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders, fiber arts, goats, leadership, woodworking; Katie Lowry, Burlingame, horse; Reese Wilcoxson, Willing Workers, pets, visual arts; and Kevin Whitmer, Willing Workers, plant science, poultry, sheep.

Senior division winners were Ethan Kneisler, Lyndon Leaders, beef, leadership, woodworking; and Allison Reeser, Melvern Jr. Highline, sheep.

Friends of 4-H

4-H members and clubs are supported throughout the year by numerous individuals and businesses. Without such support, the 4-H program would cease to continue helping young people make a difference in the communities, learn life skills and develop leadership skills. Named as Friends of 4-H for 2021-2022 were Landmark National Bank and JAG Trucking, Jason and Amy Gilliland.

4-H Alumni of the Year

Each year former 4-H members are recognized as alumni of the year. Luke Thompson and Dustin Stucky were named as 4-H Alumni of the Year for 2022.

4-H Family of the Year Award

4-H is a family affair and takes lots of hard work and dedication from all family members. Osage County honors its local amazing 4-H families with the 4-H Family of the Year Award; last year’s honorees were the Casten family.

Osage County’s 4-H Achievement Night

Osage County’s 4-H Achievement Night celebration for 2023 will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, at Lyndon High School, Lyndon. All interested people are welcome to attend.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!

North Osage 4-H Club Report for September 2023

North Osage 4-H Club shares candy from their float in the Overbrook Osage County Fair Parade. Courtesy photo.

By Club Reporter Kylinn

At this month’s North Osage 4-H meeting, members elected who is going to be the council members for the following year. October is the start of a new 4-H year. The 4-Hers voted Lynnea as president, Quincy as vice president, Sage as secretary, Chloe as treasurer, Kylinn as reporter, Thacher as junior president, Sebastion as junior vice president, Kohl as junior secretary, Kasen as junior treasurer, Kylinn and Kasen as historians, Lynnea, Tyse and Reagan as council reps, Reagan, Casen, Francis and Analeese as song leaders, and Sebastion, Loralie and Seraphina as recreation directors.

Anyone who wants to sign up their child or grandchild  for 4-H, can visit www.kansas4-h.org. The first 4-H club with 60 members gets a free pizza party or ice cream party.

Overbrook’s 4-H group is called North Osage.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!

There’s a 4-H club for you!

There are 4-H clubs available for students all over Osage County, including Burlingame 4-H Club, Clover Wranglers 4-H Club, Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club, Melvern Jr. Highline 4-H Club, North Osage 4-H Club, and Willing Workers 4-H Club.

Anyone who wants to be a part of 4-H is encouraged to contact the Frontier District Extension office in Lyndon at 785-828-4438 to verify meeting dates and times.

Celebrating National 4-H Week
Oct. 1-7, 2023!

The 4 H’s – Head, Heart, Hands and Health

Head, Heart, Hands and Health. These are the four Hs all 4-Hers strive to embody. But what does it mean to embody the four H’s?

Head: 4-H allows youth to take the lead – with the help of adults – in thinking, learning and making decisions. This helps develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Heart: 4-H helps youth build strong relationship with peers and adults based on accepting responsibility and developing values. 4-Her’s lead with self-discipline, integrity and communication.

Hands: 4-H gives youth the opportunity to learn by doing through their talents and skills making their communities a better place to live and grow. 4-Her’s learn to serve others.

Health: 4-H helps youth make healthy choices to keep them physically and mentally able to do what they need to at school, home and in their communities.

4-H provides a safe environment for youth to find their spark and thrive. 4-H has opportunities for all.

Cloverbuds, for youth ages 5-7, gives an introduction to 4-H. Traditional 4-H is open to youth ages 7-18.

Adult volunteers are always needed to help! Volunteering can be done on a long-term or short-term basis.

4-H projects range from large livestock, small livestock, STEM (including Legos), foods and nutrition, clothing, art, reading and much more. If you have an interest, 4-H has a project!

To learn more about what 4-H can do for you, contact the Frontier Extension District at the Lyndon office at 785-828-4438 or by email at janstaett@ksu.edu or jrflory@ksu.edu.

Celebrating National 4-H Week, Oct. 1-7, 2023!

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