The Routt County Fair will officially kick off at 8 a.m. Friday, but 4-H members like Emi Ramirez have been working for and dreaming about winning ribbons since starting their livestock projects last October.
“When you are in fair mode, it’s very competitive,” the Soroco Middle School student said. “You always have to stay positive like you are going to win. I’m a very competitive person.”
But her mom Jacqueline Ramirez knows that raising livestock and being a member of Routt County 4-H is about a lot more than just the ribbons.
“The biggest thing for me is the people she meets as a part of the program,” Jacqueline said. “It is a competition, but the competition stops at the end of it all. I’ve seen both of my kids go through it — they stand there looking at their animal saying, ‘Wow what a ride.’ Have they had disappointments? Well yeah. But they have also had great successes, incredible successes.”
Jacqueline has a long list of the people who have helped her children as part of the 4-H program and considers them all mentors. She said her children have experienced life lessons that go beyond the fair, beyond the pastures and beyond their years as members of local 4-H clubs.
Emi summed up her 4-H experience in a poem she wrote for a school project, which earned an “A” from her Soroco Middle School teacher.
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“Some people think a ranch is just a place full of animals. But really, it has meaning,” she wrote in the opening paragraph.
Emi, who is just 14, already has dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Her brother Foster came through the 4-H program and is pursuing an education as a diesel mechanic. It’s a career he is hoping someday will…
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