The Western Feeders 4-H club was very active this summer. They met a total of five times. On May 25, 2017, they went to Dean and Judy's Iris Patch located in Elmwood, NE. The members walked around and toured the garden taking pictures. Carleen Dowling told the club about the Iris garden. There were reminders about tagging sheep and goats and discussion at this meeting that the club would like to paint Barn Quilts for the 50th Anniversary of the Cass County Fair to be displayed at the Fairgrounds. On June 14, 2017, the Western Feeders 4-H club met at the Cupp-Whiteman home and after a supper of hotdogs and hamburgers designed two Barn Quilts to be painted for the Cass County Fair. They also painted boards for the livestock pens. A short meeting followed with reminders about entering animals in the Cass County and State Fair. The next evening, June 15, 2017, several members gathered around 6:30 at the Caddy home to continue painting one barn quilt that had a 4-H theme. On July 19, 2017 another meeting occurred at the Caddy home to finish the two barn quilts that were to be taken to the Cass County Fair. The members also brought items to stuff backpacks for back to school supplies and these backpacks were voted to be given to District 145 for children that needed these items. Several reminders were given about the State Fair along with Cass County Fair. State Fair entries are due online by 11:59pm on August 31. Ak-Sar-Ben entries are due online then as well. The club was also reminded to keep collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. The Club decided their next meeting would be held on August 12, 2017 at the Cass County Fair. At the meeting held at the Cass County Fair before the Premium Sale members told everyone what their favorite things were at the fair. There were varied responses from showing animals to getting a ribbon at the static exhibits. Several members said their favorite things was seeing the barn quilts that they had worked so hard on exhibited at the fair. All members, parents and leaders celebrated the busy and productive summer with ice cream, pie and root beer floats.
Respectfully submitted, Olivia Cupp-Whiteman, Club News Reporter.