The following article was submitted by Katie Martin, Smith County Extension Agent: 

In no particular order participants include: Emma Locke, Ethan Jolley, Kimber Cook, Robert Cook, Kenlee Davis, Erin Hensley, Caleb Hensley, Gavin Gull, Kasie Malone, Abby Malone, Kelsey Beaty, Keely Mullins, Wesley Keisling, Nathan Keisling, Emmitt Gunnels, Eva Gunnels, Lucas White, Isabella Buckner, Leah Rollins, Addison Smith, Kyreena Smith, Jayden Smith, Eli Swallows, Korbin Mullins, Evelyn Towns, Collete Turner, Levi Griffin, Faith Winters, Sharon Winters, Anna Towns, Sam Dickerson, Harley Ashford, and Mallie Kate Whitaker.

Smith County 4-H hosted its second annual livestock clinic on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

We had thirty-two participants from Smith, Macon, Trousdale, Bedford, Overton, DeKalb, and Jackson County. Participants ranged from seasoned exhibitors to 4-H members just trying a new skill. Each participant was able to gain hands on experience with their animal while furthering their showmanship skills. Participants brushed up on skillathon and learned about fitting, grooming, and selecting their show animal. At the conclusion of the clinic participants were able to put what they had learned to the test by competing in a showmanship class. 

We are extremely proud of these 4-H’ers for the time and commitment that they put into their livestock projects. We are excited to follow their show career this year as they move on to show at the regional and state level. 

The 4-H’ers would like to thank Smith County Cattlemen’s Association for sponsoring the delicious meal for this event.  We also appreciate Jacob Tipton, Sarah Owen, Dan Dickerson, Leah Sliger, and Kevin Ferguson who donated their time and expertise as clinicians and Carol McDonald who served as our Showmanship Judge. The encouragement and assistance from all of these supporters are tremendously appreciated by the 4-H program! 

For further information relating to any of the many 4-H activities, events and projects, please contact Katie Martin in the Smith County office of the University of Tennessee Extension at 735-2900.

The 4-H Youth Development Program delivers programs through cooperative efforts of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee State University, and public and private sector volunteers.  4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades 4-12, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.