Dundas County 4-H holding registration Thursday night in Winchester

Some of the Dundas County 4-Hers at their November 2017 awards night. Courtesy photo by Ian Porteous

WINCHESTER — Dundas County 4-H gears up for the 2018 season by conducting its annual club registration Thursday night (Jan. 11) in Winchester.

In a time-honoured tradition, young people between the ages of 9 and 21 can pick from a slew of different clubs that convey practical knowledge in a fun way —  from sewing to baking to beef, dairy, and cooking for those with allergies — to name but a few. Registrations will also be accepted for  younger children in the ‘Cloverbuds’ age 6-to-8 class. And each year, in late November, the result of all of that fun activity is celebrated at an annual Dundas County 4-H awards night.

The Jan. 11 registration event at Winchester Presbyterian Church runs 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Dundas County 4-H Awards night, 2017

CHESTERVILLE — Kurtis McLean was recognized as Dundas County 4-H’s top senior member for 2017 as the organization gathered for its annual Awards Night, Nov. 16. In addition to that prize, McLean also captured the $400 Dundas County 4-H Association Scholarship Award conferred on a member attending post secondary studies.

Also honoured as top seniors that evening at The Gathering House were Kyleigh Jampen (second place, $125), sisters Kelly and Holly Somerville (third and fourth place, respectively, $75 and $65), and Alicia Pol (fifth place, $50).

Bruce Porteous captured the Top Intermediate member award, followed by Peyton Van Den Broek (second), and Caitlin Begg in the category.

The top Junior members were Cassidy Porteous, Brooklin Begg (second) and Emma Acres (third).

Felicity Porteous, Taylor Mathers and Ava Acres placed a respective first, second and third in the Novice member awards.

In the Beef awards, Holly Somerville received the Lannin Memorial Award for Showmanship and the Dundas Cattlemen’s Association Spirit of 4-H Award. Meghan Foubert took the Lannin Memorial Award for Conformation.

Emily Scheepers was named Champion 4-H Dairy Person, while Madisyn Hart was recognized with both the Top 4-H Holstein Calf Award and Champion Heifer Calf Award after showing Harthaven Silver Centerfold on Achievement Day.

Siblings Bruce, Cassidy and Felcity Porteous each received the St. Lawrence Valley Jersey Award. Taylor Mathers, Madisyn Hart and Chloe Hart took the North Dundas Dairy Club’s “most dedicated member” awards in the novice, junior and intermediate classes, respectively.

Kayleigh Jampen also landed the Ontario Plowmen’s Award and the Queen of the Furrow — Dream, Believe, Achieve Award, while Felicity Porteous also penned her way to the Winchester Press Award.