By Kate Schnoor

IMG_3633 (1280x853)IMG_3624 (1280x853)The 2015 Lyon County Fair & Rodeo in conjunction with the Silver State Youth Livestock Show (SSYLS) came to a conclusion after a successful week. The Lyon County Fair is held the third weekend in August every year in Yerington, NV. The fair hosts a variety of events for the whole family, including; mutton busting, demolition derby, a pro rodeo, tractor pulls and of course the youth livestock show. Approximately100 4-H, FFA and Grange members from around northern Nevada attended this year’s show and sale. Exhibitors arrived Friday with their breeding and market animals, the species comprised of; chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, cattle and pigs. Exhibitors spent Saturday and Sunday showing their animals to the species specific judges. Market animals were judged on look, confirmation, market quality, potential meat quality, care and cleanliness. Breeding animals were judged on potential progeny, confirmation, breed specifics, gender specifics, and cleanliness. Youth also demonstrated their handling skills, care and knowledge in showmanship.
IMG_3632 (1280x853)The Silver State Livestock Sale takes place on Sunday following the breeding sheep show. Exhibitors lined up with their animals one last time to present them to hundreds of potential buyers. I can still remember this point of a show (from 6+ years ago now) and I remember how nervous, sad, happy and excited I was. The sale not only concluded the Silver State Youth Livestock Show, but also summer vacation.
I would like to thank all of our youth exhibitors, Advisors, Leaders, parents, sponsors and Fair Board Members. It was a pleasure to meet and work with all of you!

To find out more about 4-H programs in Lyon County:

Website: www.unce.unr.edu/4H/programs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyon-County-NV-4-H

Or contact us directly at: 504 South Main St. Yerington, NV 89447, 775-463-6541

By Kate Schnoor

We are pleased to announce our first ever “Lyon County 4-H Leader of the Month” to be Shannon Thompson, the Mason Valley Community Club Leader. Shannon has volunteered as a Leader with 4-H for two years and is a huge component to the success of her club. Shannon and her 4-H club members work extremely hard to ensure a strong foundation in providing community service to Yerington.

Shannon with the Mason Valley 4-H Community Club

Shannon says “our goal as a club is to make sure we help our community in any way possible, from giving our time or to go pick up trash at the parks. We are here to make our community strive to be the best it can be.” Shannon, Club Members and Co-Leader Debbie McDonald are involved in: Thanksgiving baskets for the families in need, Christmas Tree Angel, visiting long term care facilities and going to local parks to pick trash. The club hosts multiple fund raisers throughout the year to help cover the costs of baskets and presents.

Recently, the Mason Valley Community Club hosted the 2015 Lyon County Fair and Rodeo Appreciation Dinner and the Silver State Youth Livestock Show Buyer’s Luncheon lending valued support to the Lyon County Fair and Rodeo and the sister Lyon County Livestock Clubs.

We are pleased to have such a wonderful Leader, Co-Leader, parents and 4-H Members in our community. Thank you Shannon for your hard work and dedication to your 4-H Club, and your community. Please nominate your leader for next months leader of the month by submitting 3 paragraphs detailing your leaders achievements and submitting 2-3 high quality photos of your leader in action!

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer or become a leader please email Kate Schnoor. Enrollment for the 2016 4-H starts in October, if you would like to enroll your children, please contact the Lyon County Extension office or speak to any of our wonderful leaders!

Lawnspur performing at 4-H Camp

Lawnspur performing at 4-H Camp

4-H campers dance to Lawnspur

4-H campers dance to Lawnspur

That was the theme of the annual central 4-H camp, a week of fun and educational events where youth learn by doing. Young people 8-13 attended as campers and those 14-18 attended as teen counselors. These youth started out the week of events with a real rock show by a local band from Truckee, Lawnspur, who performed an 8 song set of original punk rock music for the camp. The band consists of the brothers Johnson, Jamie as lead singer and guitarist and Charlie on bass; Ashley Galleher, rockin’ the drums and Brennan back up vocals and electric guitar. At first, the kids were surprised by the loud, novel music, but after a little help from adult counselor Nick Beaton and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Staff Karen and Joy, the kids rushed the staged and danced to the energy-filled rhythms.

Nick shows the kids how to dance!

Nick shows the kids how to dance!

Over an hour passed in a flurry of bobbing heads, feather boas and bandanas with cheers and smiles on everyone’s faces. At the end of the final songs, the kids chanted for more. Lawnspur obliged with one more raucous song. Ashley gave her drum sticks to the cabin with the best dancers and the party clean up ensued. Everyone was sweaty and tired from the pace of the music and dancing. It was a fun night and a memorable way to open camp.

The next morning, as part of the educational workshops, 3 groups wrote their own songs about the one shared experience they all had, 4-H camp. Lyrics about the awesome food, going polar bearin’ (jumping into cold Lake Tahoe at 5:30 a.m.), dancing and fun times with friends were common themes the kids used to create these original songs. Once perfected, the groups performed their songs for the camera and are archived on YouTube: Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3.

4-H camper gets a bird's-eye view of the stage on the shoulders of her teen counselor

4-H camper gets a bird’s-eye view of the stage on the shoulders of her teen counselor

The 4-H program in Lyon county is growing. We are looking for youth and adults who want to learn by doing! 4-H is not just a club: youth learn to use their hands, hearts, heads and health to better themselves and their community. If you would like to join or volunteer, contact our 4-H coordinator, Kate Schnoor, to get the process started today! Can’t commit to being a club leader? Can you give us one week of your time? Sign up now to be an adult chaperone for next summer’s 4-H camp.