Eight Warren County 4-H members attended the 4th Annual Volunteer Classic Livestock Judging Camp at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The event took place July 26-28, for individuals that wanted to participate and strengthen their judging skills with several practice classes of cattle, hogs, and sheep along with reasons on several particular classes.
During this event, participants got to experience the college lifestyle with staying in dorms, walking to and from buildings for classes, and playing pool at the campus rec. hall.
4-H members attended classes to learn how to better utilize their skills in note taking and giving reasons. After that, they started evaluating classes of animals and putting their knowledge to the test. To round out the day, the Warren County participants came together and did a reflection time. The group discussed likes, dislikes, what they learned during the day’s activities, and things we would change.
Gracie Self said, “I learned that if I stay positive and stick with it, I can do it.”
Representing Warren County at Livestock Judging Camp was Self, Heather Colwell, Clay Prater, Brady Cantrell, Matthew Carter, Jacob Carter, Ian Pursley and Grant Hitchcock. Loren Stinson, Warren County 4-H Agent, and Michael Pursley, volunteer leader, also attended this event with the youth.
On the final day of the event, participants competed in a Livestock Judging contest where they competed in their different age groups. Ian Pursley won first overall winner in the sheep division and then followed that up with the first overall junior participant. With this win, Ian received a UT hat and a belt buckle.