MADERA — Labor Day weekend was a big one for anyone entered in the county fairs, including — and perhaps especially — for Spring Valley 4H member Ashley Rossen.
Ashley, 13, is an 8th grade student at Oak Creek Intermediate School in Oakhurst, and on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Madera County Fair, Ashley took multiple top awards in poultry.
Ashley’s mom and 4H leader Heather Rossen proudly reports that her daughter was awarded Champion of show and reserve of show, champion Bantam, Champion waterfowl, Champion large fowl, Champion gamebird, Champion all other comb clean legged, reserve all other comb clean legged, Champion feather legged, reserve feather legged, Reserve single comb clean legged, and 2nd place for turkey showmanship.
Ashley says the most challenging aspect of preparing for the fair was determining which birds were the best ones to bring — they have about 200 poultry to choose from — and preparing them while managing her time with travel soccer. By the way, preparing the birds includes bathing them: some 25 altogether.
The most exciting part of going to the fair, according to Ashley, was getting best and reserve of show with her ducks — and seeing birds she has bred and raised for a few generations doing so well.
The first meeting of the Spring Valley 4-H club for the 2018-19 year will be held at Minarets High School in room 303 at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Sept. 10. To be eligible to enroll as a member you must be age 9 as of December 31, 2018; to enroll as a mini member you must be age 7 as of December 31, 2018. We also welcome any adults who may wish to volunteer as a project leader. Detailed enrollment information will be provided at the meeting.