What happened to 4-H fair coverage?
August 4, 2014
I have always enjoyed the local Hill County fair, now known as the Great Northern Fair, especially when I was a child and involved in 4-H. Now that I am grown up, I still enjoy watching my nieces and nephews with their 4-H projects. This is why I am so disappointed and saddened by your lack of coverage of the recent 4-H doings at the fair.
You showed pictures of the derby and gave the results; you gave the results of the Junior Rodeo and the NRA Rodeo. The only 4-H coverage you did was the horse judging, which you missed some photos of the winners. Plus, you covered the pig wrestling and the benefit concert for the 4-H Chuckwagon.
What about the results from the beef, pig, sheep and goat judging, plus all of the small animals, such as dog, cat, chicken and rabbit?
I was out of town for the fair this year. I couldn't wait to get home to see who had won what. Nothing! I waited all last week and this week. No mention of who bought what and how much the animals sold for.
To me, 4-H is a very big part of this fair. To not see or read any results is very disappointing. If you didn't have the information, I'm sure you could have obtained it from the Hill County Extension Office.
Hope the coverage is better next year!
Editor's note: The Havre Daily News for years has run a full page of 4-H activities daily during the Great Northern Fair. In discussions with Lea Ann Larson, the 4-H agent, we agreed to do so again this year.
On the first day of the fair, as usual, 4-H sent photos and results which we included in the next day's paper.
On the second day, I came into the office early to prepare that day's page. We received nothing by email.
I sent an email and left a voice mail message questioning where the material was. I got no response. We had to scramble to find something else to fill the full page we had set aside.
The same thing happened again the next day.
Over the weekend, I went to the Bigger Better Barn in hopes of finding LeaAnn to find out if they planned on sending us anything for the Monday and Tuesday papers. I couldn't find her but left messages for her to call me. No response.
After the fair, I talked to her. She said the material had been sent. I said for whatever reason, we did not receive it.
I asked her to resend the material since they must already have it on file. She said she would get back to me. No word yet.
The Havre Daily News wants very much to recognize the young people who were honored during the fair. We have done many stories about 4-H, its successes and its building program over the years and hope to continue. We ran an 800-word advance on 4-H activities prior to the fair. We did stories on the effort to raise money for a new Chuckwagon and the donation from Town Pump for the Chuckwagon. I've asked LeaAnn to call us when they are having programs throughout the year.
We hope 4-H will resend the materials so we can run the stories on the fair.
Havre Daily News