by Sage Rodgers
(Glade Park, CO, US)
My name is Sage Rodgers and I am the President of the Pinon Mesa 4-H Club. I am 17 years old and a Junior at Fruita Monument High School. The club is not that big but you can still have lots of fun and learn quite a bit. I have been in 4-H for quite awhile and its kinda hard to think of not being able to be in it. Not only do you get to do lots of cool projects but also you meet a lot of different people. I went to the National Western Stock Show this year to show a steer with 4-H. I got to meet a lot of different people there and learn a lot of stuff I might have not learned around Western Colorado.
My favorite project is hard to decide.I started out as a clover bud when I think I was in first or second grade. Everybody thinks that cloverbuds is just a little play time for little kids. It is but also you get to go out and do stuff. I remembering learning how to show rabbits, and making tye dye t-shirts. I then left for a couple of years and then came back to do rocketry. I didn't like it much and wanted to try something with a little more of a "bang". I did .22 shooting sports for a couple of years. I then tried pigs and did them for about five years. Two years ago I started doing steer and have not turned back.
This year I showed two steers at the Mesa County Fair. Their names were Rebel and Duke. I took first place in my market class with Rebel and got to compete for Grand Champion. With Duke I took sixth which is ok because he was not doing real good and I was lucky to even get him to fair. I took first in my showmanship class and also got to compete for Grand Champion.
If you think you might want to try 4-H come to one of our meetings and see what we do. Our meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call me at (970) 242-0339.