Fair and Rodeo Week is Here!
written by DAWN BRUCE
Norwood Post Contributor
As we watch the news and hear reports of the increasing violence and hate that plagues our society, it is vital that we understand our role in raising the next generation to be the best that they can be in our world.
“I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world”
— This pledge, recited by 4-H youth at their club meetings, captures the essence and purpose of 4-H. Becoming a 4-H member or participating in a 4-H club is not about how well you can raise an animal, or even about getting an award at the county fair.
It is truly about guiding young people to become the best citizens and members of our community that they can be. Adult 4-H Club Leader of 4 Stars Livestock Cimmy Alexander agrees. “I believe 4-H is important in a child’s life,” she said. “It teaches them responsibility, how to work with money, and the ethics of raising animals, selling a product and learning agriculture. 4-H draws families together as they contribute time and resources to complete a project. It’s a win-win for everyone. ” The culmination of the hard work of local youth is their projects at the San Miguel Basin Fair. At our fair, 4-H members show their animals or present their general projects for the whole community to see.
This year that is July 16 – 24 at the fairgrounds in Norwood. When community members walk through the event center to see the animals or spend time looking through the Open Fair and 4-H General Projects in the Norwood School All-Purpose-Room, their presence applauds the hard work and time that was spent to make those projects a success.
The San Miguel Basin Fair covers San Miguel and West Montrose Counties and includes towns from Telluride to Paradox. Mike Morlang is a Norwood parent of two 4-H members. He’s proud of his children participating. “I feel that the San Miguel Basin Fair has a rich history that I want my children to be a part of,” he said. “The 4-H program teaches them honesty, responsibility, respect and empathy. Our fair gives the youth in our area the opportunity to gain knowledge from all the great people in our community.”
To be honest, the fair isn’t really about the animals or the general projects. It’s not about the ribbons, the buckles, the price paid for an animal, or whether a project gets to go to the Colorado State Fair. Those are just bonuses for an outstanding project. Our fair is about the kids. It’s about teaching children to become responsible adults. It’s about taking an active role in the community to create a better society. We should all be proud. 4-H programs are available to all without discrimination.
Check out the full Fair & Rodeo Schedule.