4-H Critter Show Offers Unique Educational Opportunity
Critters can be a lot more than cute and cuddly, they can be educational – just ask any of the 4-H youth who will be showing off their small animals at the Hippity Hop Eggstravaganza being hosted by the 4-H Coastal Critters Club on Saturday, March 14. Come to the Newport Intermediate School that morning and you’ll see rabbits, cavies (guinea pigs) and poultry (chickens, pigeons and doves), plus pocket pets that could include chinchillas, hamsters, hedge hogs, mice and who knows what else!
During 4-H small animal shows, youth compete alongside others in their age category and against a standard that all strive to attain. Not only must youth hone their showmanship skills, they must also demonstrate their knowledge about their animal and its care. The animals’ physical characteristics are then also judged against the standard for that breed. Youth are awarded blue, red, or white ribbons based on whether they exceed, meet or do not meet the required standards. Because 4-H is a youth development organization and not about competition, the focus is always on improving ones own performance rather than outperforming someone else.
This is the second year the Coastal Critters 4-H Club has put on the Hippity Hop Eggstravaganza. This small club depends on the support of local community members and businesses to make the event possible, which is the only one of its kind in the area. The club would still welcome donations and sponsorship for this year’s show, all of which helps pay for the judges, venue, prizes and other expenses. Sponsors donating more than $250 will be recognized with a banner at the show. A silent auction will also take place. All money remains with the show or the club to continue to support educational opportunities for the 4-H youth.
To donate or find out more about the event, please contact the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, 29 SE 2nd Street, Newport, OR 97365; 541-574-6534.