Fledgling 4-H club makes impressive showing
March 2, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated March 1, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.
CUERO - In only its second year of existence, the Prairie Street 4-H Club fared well at the annual Cuero Livestock Show at the Friar Ag Center.
Two of its members exhibited grand champion market animals, two showed reserve champions and a club member also had the grand champion commercial heifer.
The club formed in 2010 when several neighborhood families who had been driving to Arneckeville decided to form their own club.
"We had our first meeting on the front porch of our house," said Anthony Netardus, county extension agent whose wife, Jennifer Netardus, manages the club. "We probably had 12 to 15 members at first."
The club has grown to nearly 50 members and now meets at the ag center.
Jennifer Netardus was ecstatic about the club's showing at the 2012 livestock show.
"I am surprised, but so excited for the kids," she said.
The kids, too, were upbeat about the new club.
Aimsley Blank, a Yorktown fourth-grader, won grand champion lamb last year as a member of the Arneckeville 4-H Club and took top honors again as a member of Prairie Street.
"I like it," she said. "It's got some of the same people I knew."
Aimsley's father, Danny Blank, said the move was simply a matter of the new club being more convenient.
Tel Holland, who showed the grand champion goat, had dropped out of other clubs before rejoining Prairie Street as a junior at Cuero High School.
Familiarity with other club members was a factor for Tel.
"It was easy coming back. There are a lot of the same kids that I knew when I was in it before," he said.
In addition to the two grand champion market winners, Prairie Street 4-H Club members Colton Blackwell took reserve champion swine honors with Sophia Davis taking reserve champion lambs, and Allison Hahn taking the grand champion pen of commercial heifers.
Denise Goebel, of the DeWitt County Extension Service, said the formation of the new 4-H Club did not hurt the membership of the Arneckeville 4-H Club.
"It's thriving," she said. "It's still one of largest club, with about 50 members."