Routt County Fair royalty handed out pins and awards at Sunday's Routt County 4-H Achievement Day at Steamboat Springs High School. Queen Christina Appel, left, and attendants Shealynne Yeager and Brianna Wilhelm give a pin to Annecy Hillmuth while outgoing President Andy Mucklow reads names.

Photo by Blythe Terrell

Routt County Fair royalty handed out pins and awards at Sunday's Routt County 4-H Achievement Day at Steamboat Springs High School. Queen Christina Appel, left, and attendants Shealynne Yeager and Brianna Wilhelm give a pin to Annecy Hillmuth while outgoing President Andy Mucklow reads names.

4-H praises members, supporters

Routt County clubs meet for lunch to celebrate end of the year

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Partial winners list

Outstanding 4-H club:

1. Handy Lads and Lassies

2. Elk River Wranglers

3. High Point

Outstanding reporter:

Zack Cooke

Outstanding treasurer:

Josie Rossi

Outstanding secretary:

Lanette Laman

Outstanding junior members:

Eric Logan, Shaelynne Salazar

Outstanding intermediate members: Abbey Horn, Josie Rossi

Outstanding senior members:

Lanette Laman, Alex Smith

Outstanding leader:

Kristen Hockaday

While he was waiting for a presenter to come up during Sunday's 4-H awards lunch, outgoing President Andy Mucklow threw out an agriculture joke:

"Do you know what you call a cow that twitches?"

No reply came from the crowd.

"Beef jerky," Mucklow announced, drawing laughs from the hundreds in the audience.

Routt County 4-H members and families met for a potluck at Steamboat Springs High School on Sunday afternoon to celebrate a year's worth of work. Routt County 4-H Achievement Day included honors in shooting, livestock raising, record keeping, horsemanship and other areas.

"It kind of wraps everything up, and we gear up for the next year," Routt County 4-H Agent Jay Whaley said.

Mucklow read through all the honors, starting with the pins given to first-, fifth-, eighth-, 10th- and 11th-year members.

Carl and Rita Herold received a gift from the Handy Lads and Lassies for starting their club 35 years ago.

"Our club wouldn't be to the point it is now if they hadn't started it," outgoing President Jaelyn Whaley said after the lunch. "They've always helped and donated."

The youths also recognized Ann Brenner for her work with the 4-H exchange program. They praised several community supporters: state Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs; Terry Jost; Kevin and Ann Kvols, of Circle K Ranch; and Steamboat Springs Rotary and Sunshine Mountain Towing/Russell's Auto Salon.

The day's marquee awards went to outstanding members. Josie Rossi, of South Routt, won outstanding treasurer and outstanding intermediate member.

"I'm excited," said Josie, who is vice president of the Flat Top club. "I think 4-H is good. It teaches a lot of kids things. It's taught me how to be a good treasurer and how to keep good records."

At the end of the event, Jasper Gantick, of the Elk River Wranglers club, took over the presidential gavel from Mucklow. He thanked Mucklow for being a positive mentor and thanked members and families for participating.

"4-H has given me so many opportunities throughout the year, and I'm looking forward to being able to give back," Gantick said.

He praised the group for serving Routt County.

"There aren't many organizations that can contribute to society the way 4-H can," he said.

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