Monday, March 10, 2008

State skillathon includes wool judging

Junior boys answer questions about wool samples.The Maryland State 4-H Skillathon included wool judging for the first time. Juniors and intermediates had to answer questions about four samples of wool, while seniors had to place a class of Targhee fleeces.

The state skillathon was held in Hagerstown in conjunction with the recent Maryland Cattlemen's Convention. The Cattlemen are a major sponsor of the event.

The winning teams were from Carroll (junior), Charles (intermediate), and Alleghany (senior) Counties.

Senior girls judge Targhee fleecesThe top ten seniors will have the opportunity to compete in the National 4-H Skillathon this fall at the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Sheep & Wool Skillathon will be held Sunday, May 4, at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. It is open to youth between the ages of 8 and 18, from any county, state, or province. Contact Susan Schoenian at (301) 432-2767 x343 or to register for the skillathon.

In some states, skillathons are called stockmen's contests or quadrathlons.

View more pictures of the skillathon at Flickr™.