Three little pigs went to the market, but none of them actually came home … they were auctioned off at the Montcalm County 4-H Market Animal Livestock Auction. People flocked to the fairgrounds Thursday evening to place their bids on homegrown Montcalm County livestock during the auction. The 4-H’ers showing animals at the auction represented clubs from across the county.
When it comes to filling people’s bellies, the Greenville Ecumenical Food Kitchen is an equal opportunity food mission. “There are no requirements to get a meal here,” Director Jan Drake said. “Everyone is welcome. Just come in for a free meal.”
Young 4-H’ers had a chance to show off their months of hard work during Tuesday afternoon’s goat events at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Dozens of “Clover Buds,” as well as several older 4-H’ers lined up with their hoofed ruminants to be judged on looks, workability and grooming, as well as — in the case of the younger kids — their costumes.
As the menacing black storm clouds crept into Montcalm County on Monday afternoon, everyone begin to feel a touch of anxiety. However, the children at the 4-H Poultry, Waterfowl, Wildfowl, Pigeon and Eggs show were anything but chicken. At least not totally.
Rarely do cats, rats and ferrets get together in one room — without any chaos, at least. But when they do, it’s a good bet that they’re being showcased at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s annual Pocket Pets Show. The show, which has been part of the fair for two decades, is an opportunity for younger 4-H Club members to get involved with the fair by showcasing a household pet.
“It all started with the Miss Danish Festival Pageant!” Two local women, Lauren Walsh as Miss Danish Festival and Emily Smith, Miss Danish Festival 2013 and reigning Miss Pride of the Peninsulas, were among 34 contestants seeking the crown Saturday at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant at the Frauenthal Center of Performing Arts in Muskegon.
It isn’t often you can find someone who recalls learning to ride a horse before they grasped the ability to take their own first steps. It’s a unique path that eventually led Rachel Rodenhouse into the realm of the Montcalm County 4-H program, and on Saturday, her passion for the program was placed atop the highest pedestal.
Sometimes enforcing local zoning ordinances can be like setting up dominoes. Once one violation of the ordinance is found, more often than not several more can be found in the immediate vicinity.
Montcalm County 4-H officials are doing a bit of the chicken dance in order to prevent avian influenza while still helping local youth enjoy an educational week at the fair. The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the cancellation of all poultry shows in the state in an attempt to stop the spread of avian influenza, which has been found in wild geese in Macomb County.
It’s that time of year when municipalities start to feel the crunch … the crunch of numbers. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greenville City Council put the final crunch on its numbers by approving the city budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. And it’s looking pretty good.