Four district 4-H members are heading to Toronto this week in hopes of striking gold.
Stacey Angus, Melissa Brant, Rebecca Cornell, and Angela Teeple are in the provincial finals of the 4-H’s “Go for the Gold” contest, which goes Saturday in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
The quartet, who earned their berth by clinching the regional title Sept. 26 in Bruce Mines, will face five other teams in Toronto—all of which have been boning up on their 4-H and agricultural knowledge.
“The level of questions is the same [as the regionals],” Angus said Monday. “They’re just entirely different questions.”
“They were really excited,” noted local 4-H leader Kim Jo Calder, who is going along as chaperone with Angus’ mother, Carol. “They seem pretty pumped. I think the kids are going in really planning to do well.”
Calder met the team last month to go over travel arrangements and see how each girl was progressing. She said she was very impressed with their study habits.
“They have at least 35 books they are studying,” Calder noted. “Plus they have to study the 4-H annual report plus general agriculture questions.”
Angus admitted she was feeling a little nervous as Saturday drew closer and closer, noting she hasn’t been able to study much of the 4-H manuals in the past week due to high school mid-terms.
“So the plane ride could be a good time to study,” she laughed.
One factor that could go against the local team is their inexperience, Calder said. The other five 4-H regions are much closer to Toronto and consequently always field a team in the “Go for the Gold” competition, she explained.
“Most of these other regions have kids who entered the provincial competition a couple of times,” she continued. “We don’t have the experience [they do].”
But Calder hopes this team spurs more interest in the competition next year, especially since the Rainy River District 4-H Association has been given first dibs to hold the regional showdown.
“We’ll have to have some kids interested in making teams,” she said.