Sunol's 4-H made a terrific showing at the Alameda
County Fair this year. A big thank you goes to 4-H reporter
Gabrielle Gilbert for keeping track of all the award winners.
Jessica Crawford won 2nd place in Swine Showmanship and because
of a technicality with the 1st place winner, Jessica moved into
Advanced Master Showmanship. Mike Brunicardi won 7th place and
Danielle Scroggins won 9th place for Swine Showmanship for age
13 to 15 class. Jeff Clark won 7th place for Swine Showmanship
in the age 16 and up class. Frank Imhoff won 2nd place and Shane
Schvaneveldt, 12th place for Swine Showmanship for age 11-12
Amanda Hoxie won1st place and Gabrielle Gilbert won 2nd place
for the Livestock Skillathon. Amanda Hoxie won 2nd place, Brittany
Harper won 4th place and Gabrielle Gilbert won 5th place for
the Horse Skillathon. Amanda Hoxie was also awarded high point
for the Skillathons. Mrs. Adrienne Hoxie won 1st place in horse
and 2nd place in livestock and Mrs. Gina Nelson won 2nd place
in horse and 5th place in livestock for the adult Skillathons
The Sunol 4-H Beef group earned 1st place in "Clean Pen",
the Sheep group earned 2nd place and the Swine group earned
3rd place. Sunol 4-H was awarded 1st place for "Over-all
Clean Pen". The Beef group was also awarded 1st place for
having the best-decorated beef area.
Luke Donovan received a $25 gift certificate to JE Higgins Lumber
for student recognition and Nicole and Andrew Nelson received
$15 certificates for woodworking.
Nicole Nelson received 1st place in English Equestrian, Pleasure
and Halter/Hack in the horse show division that was actually
on May 9th. Nicole also received Champion Highpoint and in western
pleasure won 1st place, trail 2nd place and reserve high point
buckle. In the age 9-10 showmanship class Andrew Nelson received
a 1st place buckle, 5th place for Halter Gelding and 7th place
for western walk/Jog.
Gabrielle said, "To me, everyone in Sunol 4-H is a winner!
Everyone works hard through out the year and its always a team
effort no matter what project your in. We couldn't have done
any of it with out our 4-H leaders or our parents, or the support
of our community."
I must mention two more Sunolians (that I know of) who made
a big impact showing amateur gardening in the garden produce
category of the Fair and that's Pat and Jim O'Laughlin. I've
been told that their garden is amazing. Of course, most of the
vegetables were judged early and not available for me to see
but I did get a chance to see two of Jim's vegetable centerpieces
which won a 1st place each. Jim was also a winner for his onions,
tomatoes, potatoes and walnuts. And in my favorite category,
Monstrosity Vegetables, Jim's giant-sized Torpedo Onions won
2nd place. Overall Jim won Best of Show, nine 1st place blue
ribbons, seven 2nd place ribbons and four 3rd place ribbons.
Wife Pat won two 1st place ribbons for her flowers and this
was her first year showing at the fair.
The Sunol Bocce group meets this Thursday evening at the Sunol
Depot Gardens Park. For more information contact Tom Harland
The Niles Canyon Railway is offering train rides to the public
as a fundraising effort for the Sunol Business Guild, which
in turn uses the funds to support local organizations such as
the Boy Scouts, the Sunol 4-H, and Sunol Glen School. A portion
of the funds raised also go towards park maintenance and park
operating expenses. Come out and support your local organizations
this Saturday by taking a train ride at 11:30 and 1:30. The
cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children 3-12
Kevin Matlock invites all to join the drumming group, which
meets this Sunday at the Little Brown Church from 6:30 - 7:30.
Call Lina Owsley at 925-862-2004 for more information.