This is Pennsylvania 4-H week.
Two Ruffsdale boys have enjoyed their experiences with 4-H, getting the chance to raise and show animals.
Joel Morrow, 10, a fifth-grade student at Southmoreland Elementary School, has been involved with 4-H for the past three years. He has exhibited both hogs and a goat.
At the 2013 Westmoreland County Fair, Joel showed a market goat for the first time and won Grand Champion County Bred and Grand Champion Home Bred market goat. In addition, he showed the Champion Lightweight Hog.
This year, Joel is planning to show two market hogs and a market goat. In addition to 4-H, he plays baseball and basketball and enjoys riding quads and his dirt bike.
Trent Cottom, 9, a fourth-grade student at Southmoreland Elementary School, has been involved with 4-H for one year and has exhibited hogs at the Westmoreland County Fair, the Pennsylvania Farm Show and several jackpot shows where he's received first-place ribbons, as well as being a Master Showman.
This year, Trent is planning to show two market hogs. He also plays baseball, participates in wrestling and enjoys riding his quad.
The pair hopes to encourage other students to join 4-H.
In the Keystone State, 4-H is open to all young people regardless of where they live, what their backgrounds are or what interests them.
For more information about the 4-H program, contact the Westmoreland County Extension Office at 724-837-7613 or visit them on the web at http://extension.psu.edu.4-h/counties/westmoreland.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.