4-H Files Brent Showalter

(Candis) OK Brent, what are you doing here today at the Shawnee County Spring Show? (Brent) I’m doing goats and tomorrow I’ll do pigs. (Candis) OK. So what is your favorite 4H project? (Brent) Pigs. (Candis) Pigs, pigs. Can you tell me a little bit about your goat today? (Brent) She is a doe.She is a boar cross. (Candis) OK. (Brent) Her name is PJs. (Candis) What does a project like goats, what does it teach you? (Brent) Patience. Because goats, if you do a chart, pigs are up here, cow and something else are here and goats are down here in intelligence. So you have to work with them a lot to get them… whereas if you were doing pigs they would get it the first of second time because they’re smarter than goats. (Candis) What did you have to do to prepare for the show? (Brent) Well before the show we walked them a lot, so they got… before showmanship we walked them a lot so they got tired so they wouldn’t try to run and bump and do all that stuff in the ring. Let them get it out. And, so we clipped them, we  trimmed their horns and sanded them so they weren’t pointy so when you lean over to set them they can’t get you. And we combed all down here and we washed them. (Candis) What do you like about livestock shows? (Brent) It’s just, when you get in the ring you have that feeling it’s like, it’s hard to describe but you’re really nervous but then when you get in the ring it’s like, “Hey, this is actually kind of fun!” And you just do what you practiced. (Candis) Tell me about your 4H club. (Brent) My 4H club is called Riverside 4H Club. We’ve been growing a lot. We have our meets at various… we have our club meets at Berryton Elementary School. That’s where I go and we put up posters, try to get people to join and I think it’s working? (Candis) What are some of your favorite projects besides livestock? (Brent) I like foods, I like cooking sometimes. But the majority of your time is livestock, if you do livestock, because all you have to do is because it isn’t an animal so you don’t have to prepare everything. So you don’t have to work with them everyday, it’s just build this OK, I’m going to use this for my Lego project, I am going to play this for my violin. There’s club days where you get to do talks, project talks where you talk about your project, readings where you read a story or an exciting part out of your book. There’s just a lot of stuff you can do in 4H. (Candis) Great, what is… overall in your 4H experience what do you think it has done the most for you? (Brent) It has taught me a lot of things that I didn’t know. One of them patience, one of them… learned a lot on… I am not so shy when I try to speak, I don’t rock back and forth on my heals when I try to speak, when I am doing public speaking it teaches you how. I think it is more about having fun in 4H. You should still be competitive and try to win, not just don’t work with them but it’s, it’s fun. You have fun when you do this. (Candis) Thank you. Thanks Brent. (Brent) You’re welcome.

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