Pigs make their debut at the 4-H pet shows on Saturday
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[July 31, 2017]
On Saturday morning
several area youngsters made their way to the Logan County
Fairgrounds with pets in hand, or on the leash, for the annual 4-H
Pet Show. Again this year, the event included 4-H members from the
three counties making up the Extension Unit 16 – Logan, Menard and
The dog show was spilt up a bit differently from
past years, with three people serving as judges. Amy DeReimacker of
Pleasant Plains served as the judge for the Dog Showmanship classes,
while Heather Logan of Illiopolis, at the same time was judging Dog
Care in another location. Dog Obedience was judged by Erin Sanders.
The Logan County Dog Superintendent was Cathy Starr, who was
accompanied by Toni Franks of Sangamon County. Starr checked the
animals in as they arrived making sure that all the required
paperwork was in place so the dogs qualified to show. Franks
announced the events and presented the awards at the end of the day.
Those who participated in the dog show, left to right:
Stephen Starasta (in front)
In the Cat Show, Heather Logan served as the judge. Logan works at
Best Friends Animal Hospital in Lincoln, and spends most of her time
caring for the cat patients. Logan spent a great deal of time
talking with each entrant, giving them kudo’s on the way they care
for their animals and offering tips to help the youngsters provide
the best possible home for their pets.
Those who participated in the cat show included, back row: James
Lynn, Roux Starr, Ruthie Ruhl, Katie Lynn, Charlotte Toohill and
Alyssa Tibbs. Front: Steven Starasta, Sarai Jackson and Sarah
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This year, for the first time, Guinea Pigs were shown at
the 4-H Pet Show. There were four entries in the newly formed
category, with three local 4-H members participating.
Left to right: Alyssa Tibbs had two pets entered, and Daniel and
Hannah Crider each entered one.
Heather Logan served as the judge for the Guinea Pigs. While she
said cats where her strong suit, she still had kudos for the kids in
their care of the sweet and healthy pets. She talked with them about
their personalities and learned some are shy and some are naughty
sometimes, but all were well loved.
It was a fun little event for the kids and the audience. The local
4-H program is hopeful that the four guinea pigs this year will grow
into a larger participation in the years to come.