When the Yakima Valley Show and Rodeo opens on Wednesday, 4-Hers are happy to return in person.

The epidemic has wiped out countless exhibitions each year, and has affected 4-H projects that require months of work.

Animals intended for viewing or sale, or both, still need daily attention. This is one of the reasons why West Valley Victoria Guterres enjoys participating in 4-H. Lessons learned about raising, displaying, and selling goats may be more important than her time in 4-h. And she had to learn more in an extraordinary year.

“There is a trade side and a national display,” he said of working with goats. What can I do to sell my goats unfairly? ”

She appreciates the new professionalism but is happy to be back in a show. Gutierrez will take part in this week’s Grand Prix at the Yakima Valley Exhibition and Rodeo at Fairway Park, 812 Wallace Road. It opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday and closes at midnight on Saturday.

“We are thrilled to have something in common,” said Guterres, a rookie student at West Valley High School and a student at Yakima Valley College. She lives in the city but has friends and family living in the country. She takes care of Boor and Lamancha goat care on a farm near Sela and has been involved with 4-H since 2016.

Popular events at the Yakima Valley Exhibition and Rodeo include show and tractor driving competitions, open-air and garden exhibitions, youth exhibitions mud soccer and volleyball competitions, and of course Rhode.

The exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday, but Guttierez and other goats will be weighed on Tuesday. Her mother, Jenny Ripley, said her son had participated in an imaginary race when the epidemic broke out.

“Those are not fun,” says Ripley.

Guterres has raised, shown, and sold goats for many years. By 2020, she will continue to raise goats because she does so every year. I love animals – I want to be a veterinarian. He said it was important to gain experience with the animal even during COVID-19.

She enjoys working with goats and occasionally practicing witchcraft.

“I really like to see their personality. Some goats do not want to walk when they are walking. They want to sleep. ” “It’s a fun roller coaster.”

And 4-H is not just about animals, Gutierrez added. She has previously been involved in photography and baking projects. “Honestly, there’s something for everyone in 4-H,” she said. “I really enjoy it. I have found many people whom I now consider to be my family. … There are so many great people in 4-H. ”

Jenny Lloyd, 4-H program coordinator for Yakima County, is one of those who are thrilled to be back from the sights and events. “I am so happy to see things happen,” she says.

4-H members have not met in person for several months. At that time, Lloyd created club leaders for members who wanted to work on them at home.

And while 4-H clubs will continue to meet in 2020, for some children learning to practice, “the last thing they want to do is reach another highlight meeting,” Lloyd said. Guttierez club leader Marce O’Neill says they have not been able to do much in this regard.

Some members of the 4-H have missed out on shows and animal shows because they don’t make that much money by selling their animals or because they can’t compete for prizes, Lloyd said. “But almost all the children … were upset because that was a really exciting social event, a social event they really missed.

“Social interaction and community building are really missed by children. There was no money, and it wasn’t until you got a blue ribbon, ”Lloyd said.

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