Open class returning to Yankton County 4-H Achievement Days

Farm Forum

Youth and adults will once again be able to exhibit open class exhibits at the Yankton County 4-H Achievement Days.

The 2015 Achievement Days – set for Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 2 – will be open to photography; pie; and specialty decorated cupcake, cake pop, cookie and frosted cake exhibits.

The change is one of many Yankton County 4-H is making at this year’s Achievement Days to encourage more community members to get involved.

“We want 4-H and Achievement Days to be a community event,” said Stephanie Siebrandt, Yankton County 4-H Program Assistant. “To do that, we needed to provide more activities the community could be involved in.”

Yankton County 4-H will continue to host a 4-H Supper and the numerous livestock shows. New additions to the Achievement Days schedule include a youth carnival and watermelon eating contest, both open to the public.

“There will be a lot to see during this summer’s Achievement Days,” Siebrandt said. “We are hoping people come Saturday morning to see the animals and exhibits and stay all day for the activities.”

The Yankton County 4-H Achievement Days is held annually at the end of July or beginning of August at the Pine Acres 4-H Grounds in Yankton.

Open Class rules and classes are as follows:

Photography Classes

• 101: Scenic – townscapes, nightscapes, skyscapes, sunrises, sunsets, waterscapes and landscapes.

• 102: People – posed portraits, candid photos & action photos of person or people.

• 103: Animals & Birds – pets, farm animals, zoo animals, wild animals, birds, insects, fish or marine animals.

• 104: Plants & Flowers – growing plants, trees, fungi, farm crop, wild or domestic.

• 105: Architectural – buildings, bridges, man-made structures, dams or towers.

Culinary Arts Classes

• 201: Specialty Decorated – cupcake, cake pops, cookies or any frosted cakes.

• 202: Pies – all pies that don’t need to be refrigerated are allowed.

Entry Fees: Adults $2 per item entered & Youth $1 per item.

Rosettes will be given to Best in Show in each class. Gift certificates will be given to all winners. First place will receive a $10 gift certificate, and second place will receive a $5 gift certificate.

Open Class photography entries are due to Yankton County Extension office on July 17. The accepted photo size is 8 inches by 10 inches. All photos must be mounted, but not matted, on 16-inch by 20-inch white mat board. Mat board can be purchased at Yankton County Extension office or a local supply store. Photography in frames will not be accepted. An entry tag must be attached by string to the back upper left hand corner of the photography exhibit so it can be hung over the front. Please do not have watermarks or logos on the photos or mat board. Photos will be released Sunday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Open Class culinary entries are due to the 4-H Building on Pine Acres Fairgrounds Aug. 1 by 1 p.m.

Pies need to be in disposable pie tins. Pies must have single, double or lattice homemade crust. Pies must have a recipe attached with the entry form. Pies will not be refrigerated, so pies requiring eggs will not be eligible.

Class 201 under culinary will be judged on Saturday. A photo will be taken of your item to be displayed in the open class area with ribbon & recipe. It will then be auctioned off after judging. Class 202 under culinary will be judged on Saturday. A slice will be removed to be displayed in open class area with ribbon & recipe. The pies will then be donated to the concession stand for a goodwill donation of coffee and a slice of pie Saturday afternoon.

For more information contact Stephanie Siebrandt at the Yankton County Extension Office at 605-665-3387.