Youth Attend 2018 National 4-H/FFA Roundup

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Post-Event Press Release


January 8, 2018

Melissa Barton
Colorado State 4-H Office
970-491-0246 (office)
970-213-0899 (cell)

Denver, Colorado – More than 1000 youth from more than 33 states including Alberta, Canada attended the Western National Roundup January 4-7, 2018 in Denver, CO. The Conference, now in its 98th year, is held annually in early January, coinciding with the National Western Stock Show. This year’s theme of “Unmask the Superhero in YOU” is aimed at helping participants gain confidence to help them create unique experiences for both themselves and others and thrive in their self-defined future through 4-H and FFA.

Both 4-H and FFA members between the ages of 14 and 19 have the opportunity to qualify for Roundup by winning their home state’s contest or being chosen as a state delegate. The competitions held at Western National Roundup include horse and livestock judging, livestock quiz bowl, hippology, horse demonstrations and public speaking, parliamentary procedure, family consumer sciences presentations, skill-a-thon, and bowl, consumer decision making, public speaking prepared and impromptu, parliamentary procedure, and meats identification. Workshops are offered throughout the week which provides a learning experience for the youth exposing them to topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to communication and team building to dance and leadership development. Youth participants develop a mastery of their respective subject matters, but more importantly, gain life-long skills. Such skills as public speaking, professionalism, and good sportsmanship along with the memories and new friendships will outlast the trophies and ribbons that were won.

For further information about Western National Roundup and full results for each contest, please see the main conference website.