Savanna Fox takes aim during the archery portion of the Chaves County 4H Contest at the fairgrounds, Wednesday morning. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Some 65 Chaves County youths participated in the county 4H competition Wednesday, kicking off their summer series of contests that starts the path to the state finals.
“It was really big for this year,” said Whitney Brooks, 4H agent interim for the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension. “It was a great turn out.”
Top qualifiers will go on to the district competition in Portales June 19 and 20. The state finals are set for July 8 through 12.
Wednesday’s contest included tests in favorite food recipes, clothing and commentaries, clothing appearance, favorite foods, archery, horticulture, wildlife, crops, home economics, livestock skillathon, a consumer decision contest, public speaking and poetry, clothing modeling practice and a fashion revue.
Some competitors identified tools, veterinary and show supplies. Others were judged on their homemade skirts, scrunchies, handbags, purses and other clothing.
Archery winners included: Taylor Higgins, first in compound sight with fingers; Kira Balak, first in compound sights with release; McKayla Fox, first in barebow compound; Aaron Garcia, first in recurve; Elaina Mathews, first in compound sights with release; Danielle Baily, first in compound barebow, and Cael Aderete, first in recurve.