Achievement Days await Aberdeen-area 4-H groups

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Lorissa Goldade wasn’t in a 4-H club as a child, but she is excited about her own children being involved in the agricultural group that celebrates head, heart, hands and health.

Her two oldest children, Tyler and Brianna, have been involved in 4-H for two years.

“It sounded really fun. We could get out and do some projects,” Brianna said of joining 4-H.

Tyler is an aspiring artist and wants to get into graphic design. He’s submitting several of his paintings and drawings from art class throughout the school year to this year’s 4-H Achievement Days during the Brown County Fair. He’s also submitting intricate metal models of a tractor and an airplane and a Lego project.

For the second year in a row, he will be submitting a rocket.

“I can take some of the skills I learned last year and put it into this one and make it better,” Tyler said.

Brianna is submitting some sequin art and some other crafts.

The Goldades find inspiration for their projects through school, craft magazines, kits at the craft store and other 4-H’ers. They belong to the Dakota Sharp Shooter 4-H group.

“We’ve done some new things this year that we hadn’t done last year,” Brianna said.

They spend a few hours each week working on their project throughout the summer. Some are already done; many of their art submissions were finished during school, which is allowed and even encouraged.

It’s not all projects and fairs. The Goldades and other 4-H families have helped clean ditches, done volunteer work, sold fruit and will man a concession stand during the Brown County Fair. The Dakota Sharp Shooter 4-H group also gets together for family fun nights to play games.

Even though the Brown County Fair is still a few weeks away, beginning Aug. 11 at the Brown County Fairgrounds, the Goldades are already making plans for next year. The siblings are getting bunnies later this summer and plan to show them next year during Achievement Days.

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