By Madera County 4-H
Katie Ylarregui, a first year member of Howard 4-H, has enjoyed everything about 4-H this year. Being the youngest of three siblings, she has waited most of her life to be able to join and compete in 4-H activities. She was involved in seven projects, which include sheep, poultry, community pride, public speaking, food preservation, country cooking and sewing. Katie was the county winner for Outstanding First Year Member.
In her first year as a Howard 4-H member she gave a demonstration titled, “Snack Attack” for which she received the gold prize at County Presentation Day, Regional Presentation Day and at State. In her sewing project she made a tote bag, which won Best of Show at Chowchilla Fair. At County Fashion Revue she medaled with her tote bag and was county winner in the $19.99 Purchased Category. She modeled at State Fashion Revue and received the gold prize.
Katie served as Club Hostess this past year and was chairman of five activities. She had no problem raising her hand and volunteering. She especially enjoys organizing activities that help out in the community, such as organizing the Animal Shelter Donation Drive, collecting toiletries for the Rescue Mission and organizing donations for the Christmas Star Program.
Her two animal projects — poultry and sheep — keep her busy. She has five different breeds of show birds and six ewes that produce her market lambs for the fair. She spends a lot of time working on showmanship. Her hard work paid off and she won both poultry and sheep showmanship at the Madera Fair...