On Jan. 14 members of the Crafty Critters 4-H Club competed at the 2017 State Skill-a-thon contest in Jerome Idaho.
Crafty Critters competed as the Ada County representative team. We had five teams, each containing three to four members each. Two senior teams, two junior teams and one was a mixed team, consisting of both junior and senior members.
Skill-a-thon is a competition that tests every aspect of livestock knowledge. From identifying animal breeds to judging the quality of feed as well as other sometimes more difficult events. The members who compete must learn these skills to further their own agricultural projects as well as their everyday lives.
We are very fortunate to have such wonderful faculty at the University of Idaho to host this competition, and every year make sure that our 4-H members have a fantastic time.
The members of the Ada County first senior team consisted of Caleb Twait, Kyleigh Davis, Annie Jansen Van-Beek and Brianna Flansburg who placed 1st overall and will move on to represent Idaho and compete in the National Skill-a-thon Competition.
Nationals are held in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall.
The second senior team, Will Jansen Van-Beek, Olivia Sells, Matthew Twait and McKenna Craig placed 2nd overall. With Will Jansen Van-Beek placing first overall individual, Annie Jansen Van-Beek placing second, Oliva Sells coming up in third and Kyleigh Davis taking fourth place overall individual. Caleb Twait was 5th overall individual, and Saydee Henning was 3rd in identification.
The first junior team consisting of Shelby Johnson, Trenton Flansburg, and Nani McKague placed fourth overall, with Nani McKague placing fifth overall individual and third overall in identification.
Our team members did incredibly well and we are proud to have them representing Ada County and Crafty Critters 4-H Club at the State Competition.