Above, Amanda Miller, of Purdy, writes a silent bid on an item at the banquet auction. Also pictured is Isaiah Miller, 14 months, of Purdy, and Vera Ray, of Cassville. Through silent and live auctions, as well as the banquet admission and donations, the event raised $2,000 for 4-H scholarships for travel expenses.
April 26, 2017
Barry County’s annual 4-H banquet was a big success this year and ensures the group will have scholarships for the upcoming year. Marissa Tucker, 4-H youth program assistant, said the annual event raised around $2,000 for the program.
Barry County has three 4-H programs currently, with another couple in the works in the Cassville area. Right now, there are the Exeter Trailblazers, the Purdy Screeching Eagles and the Wheaton Wranglers. Funds raised at the annual banquet go to reimburse members up to half the cost of trips throughout the year. Tucker said, “The operating cost sort of varies depending on what trips the members go on, but if we go by last year’s reimbursements, we’ll definitely have enough to reimburse our members.” There are approximately 40 members in Barry County.
The banquet this year was held at the Family Life Center in Cassville and featured both a silent and live auction as well as a meal and special guest speaker Scott Fitzpatrick. Multiple donors made the event possible, including The Niche, Tyson Foods, D&D Oil Company, Price Cutter, WalMart, Arvest Bank, the Missouri Farm Bureau and Silver Dollar City, to name a few.
Tucker said, “4-H is a valuable program to Barry County youth because it gives members opportunities they otherwise would not have. It is inclusive; open to all, all year. Our members love going to camp, meeting new people, and continuously working to make our community better.”
In the past year, Barry County members have competed in and won events at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield as well as the Missouri State Fair.
Additionally, a local member serves as a regional representative, Jeremiah Rittenhouse, of the Exeter Trailblazers.
The program is open to children ages five through 18, and allows for inclusion in a variety of programs. Tucker said, “Two members from Wheaton Wranglers, Hailey Bennett and Eli Chappuis, participate in Fashion Revue, where they design and make their own clothes.”
She added, “Throughout the year, members participate in camp, Achievement Day, awards banquet, our annual scholarship banquet, fairs, regional trips, and many other trips.”
If you have questions about Barry County’s 4-H program, contact Marissa Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the University of Missouri Extension office in Cassville at (417) 847-3161.