County 4-Hers place in national competition

By John Villalba

The Quay County 4-H home site evaluation team placed third in the 4-H division at the 60th Annual National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City May 5. The team qualified for the contest after winning first place at the State 4-H Conference last July. Team members included Richard Rush, Randall Rush, and Sid Truelock. The Quay County team was one of 15 state 4-H teams competing, with a total of 60 contestants.

Ten-year 4-H member Richard Rush placed seventh individually in the contest. Randall Rush placed 11th and Sid Truelock placed 24th.

This contest is held annually in Oklahoma City and is sponsored by the NRCS of Oklahoma. The home site evaluation contest is similar to the land evaluation contest, except factors relating to the water table, permeability of soil, and erosion control are taken into consideration. The contest was developed to give students the opportunity to evaluate whether the given sites would be suitable for the construction of a home. Other contests which were held in the 4-H and FFA divisions were land evaluation and pasture and range evaluation.

A two-day practice session preceded the contest at locations around Oklahoma City. Also, the team members were able to tour the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, tour the Bricktown area of the city and attend an NBA game.