The Learn-A-Do 4-H Club from Barton County was selected high point 4-H club at the Gold Buckle Gala, held July 19-21, in Springfield. The Gold Buckle Gala is the signature event of the Ozark Empire Fair Foundation. First held in 2004, the gala’s primary purpose is to recognize the efforts of Southwest Missouri District 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors who have qualified for the prestigious Gala Auction and to award youth grants and scholarships. Additionally, funds generated from the event are applied toward additions and improvements to the fairgrounds.
The Learn-A-Do 4-H Club won $300 for their 4-H club and a number of outstanding awards. The results are as follows: “Ike and Crew” – Connor Brown, Halle Miller, George Weber and Lakin Standley were first place junior team overall and first place in team sales talk. “Pig Commanders” – Mason Brown, Marcy Miller, Lilly Weber and Payden Nolting were third place junior team overall and second in team sales talk. All were first year participants! “Long Line of Winners” – Tony Morgan, Brandon Overman, Matthew Morgan and Kelsie Morgan were second place intermediate team overall and first in team sales talk.
“Rebels and Yanks” – Lauren Morgan, Chase Mckibben and Paxton Dahmer and Paige Wait from Vernon County were first intermediate team overall and second in team sales talk. Connor Brown had reserve junior ham. Halle Miller had first and third place junior photography. Marcy Miller had second place junior photography. Lauren Morgan had first and second place in intermediate photography and was also high individual in the stockmen’s contest. Brandon Overman was high individual in junior livestock judging.
Lauren Morgan was high individual overall in intermediate division, with Tony Morgan and Chase Mckibben in the top 10. Halle Miller, Matthew Morgan, Brandon Overman and Payden Nolting were all in the top 10 individuals in the junior division.
Congratulations to all the youth who also did respectable with their livestock and in showmanship. A special thank you to the parents for all their encouragement as these youth worked through project competitions.