Beautiful, but much cooler weather, greeted 4-H'ers, parents and friends who came out for the annual St. James Parish 4-H Pet Show at Lutcher High School, in the Cow Palace. The day began with opening exercises led by 4-H Agent, Ken Guidry and 4-H members Steven Nosacka, Christina Gradney and Shyanne Naquin.
Helping judge the 4-H Pet Show were: Ms. Barbara with St. James Humane Society (large dogs), Kerry Clemente, with the St. James Parish Humane Society (small dogs), Kayla Caldarera (rabbits), Ken Guidry (birds), Keri Walker (any other pet), Mary Walker, District One Justice of the Peace (fish), and Lori Borne with Louisiana Federal Credit Union (cats).
Special thanks go to the Lutcher High and Jr. High 4-H Clubs for hosting the event. The Big Shots Outdoor Skills 4-H Club hosted the concession stand, thanks to Mr. Scott Blank for his leadership. Louisiana Federal Credit Union and River Region Credit Union also supplied prizes for the 4-H'ers.
Austin Hymel, a 4-H member from Gramercy Elementary 4-H Club, won Best Overall Pet of the Show and also won Best Overall Any Other Pet with his bearded dragon "Lucy". Alexia Oubre from Vacherie Elementary 4-H Club won Best Overall Bird with "Chicken Nugget" her pet rooster. Presley Bourgeois exhibited the Best Overall Small Dog, "Prissy". Kali Zeller of Paulina Elementary 4-H Club exhibited the Best Overall Large Dog, "Lexi". Shay Naquin from Paulina Elementary exhibited the Best Overall Fish, "Flame". Christina Gradney a member of Paulina Elementary won Best Overall Rabbit with "Peter". Ashley Babin from Paulina Elementary won best cat with "Macs".
Other 4-H'ers who took part in the 4-H Pet Show were:
Large Dog Exhibitors: Kali Zeller, PES; Zachary Grubbs, SMA; and Clifford Knight, SJH
Small Dog Exhibitors: Taylor Gassen, VES; Cassidy Carter, PES; Blaine Barnett, SPC; Perry Duhe, Jr., PES; Melanie Louque, PES; Janie Leblanc, GES; Kassie Gueret, PES; Jasmine Cavalier, VES; Armani Braud, FWES; Ethan Roussel, PES; Ashley Octave, VES; Josie Roussel, GES; Jade Vicknair, SMA Gifted Center; Bailee Leblanc, PES; Nykeisha Ricard, GES; Steven Nosacka, SPC and Bethany Stout, LHS.
Cat Exhibitors: Caitlyn Cullen, SPC; Ashley Babin, PES; Destiny Detillier, PES; Jaci Leblanc, LHS and Jenna White, SJCC
Fish Exhibitors: Brandon Gassen: VES; Brittany Carter, LHS; Zoe Gravois, VES and Shay Naquin, PES
Rabbit Exhibitors: Kody Chabaud, PES; Christina Gradney, PES; Jade Ordeneaux, SPC and Colin Berthelot, LHS.
Bird Exhibitors: Colby Knight, SJH; Jaden Williams, VES and Alexia Oubre, VES.
Any Other Pet Exhibitors: Shyanne Naquin, PES; Savanna Moran, GES; Brandi Sieber, LHS; Austin Hymel, GES and Jenna Folse, PES.
Winners were named in different divisions of each category - Small Dogs, Large Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Rabbits and Any Other Pets. 4-H'ers and their pets all enjoyed a morning of fun competition. 4-H Jr. Leaders assisting were: Kayla Sherman, Rebekah Taylor, Lamy Guidry, Jaci Leblanc, Colin Berthelot, Brandi Sieber, Ashley Zeringue, Casi Poirrier, Victoria Rocquin, Sasha Rocquin, Jenna White, Allen White, Abby, White, Seth Blank and Laynie Arceneaux.
Congratulations to all exhibitors and their pets!