Letters to the Editor
July 14, 2014

To the Editor:
Our 4-H Club, Sespe 4-H, had a great season at the Fair this year and we are very proud of our group! Tuesday night Clinton Staples won grand champion barrow, competing against all the barrows entered in the Fair. This included all 4-H, FFA and Grange Clubs. This is a nice win for Clinton. The following day another of our members, Jazmin Olvera, won supreme grand champion swine!! This means she was the 4-H champion first, then went into the champion drive to compete against FFA and grange champions and won against those to become the Supreme Grand Champion which is the highest placing hog in the Fair Jazmin is one of the hardest working, most deserving winners we had ever had. This year she served as Teen Leader of our swine group, and has been an excellent example for our younger members to learn from. Jazmin will be a senior at Fillmore High School next year and plans to take one more pig to the Ventura County Fair. Our club has 20 swine project members and out of those, six of them won their weight class and competed in the Champion drive. Very exciting for a lot of young members to get that far!! Our club also won 1st place for their Fair Banner that was made by members Jazmin Olvera, Toni Ruiz and Olivia Hunt-Borrell. (I have a photo of the banner!). We also won all classes in showmanship: Daniel Torres, Sr showmanship, Jazmin Zavala, Jr showmanship, Isabella Vaca, novice showmanship, Gina Meraz 2nd place, novice showmanship, and Ari Osegueda, 2nd place jr. showmanship. Aliza Estrella also won 1st place showmanship in primary pygmy goats, 2nd place in her confirmation class.
Thanks to the city of Fillmore who continues its support of the 4-H clubs by providing space for our pigs, goats, lambs and steers to be raised by dedicated youth of Fillmore. Having this area is giving the 4-h youth the opportunity to experience agriculture with animals at a younger age and we try to make the most of this area provided to raise healthy animals and do a good job showing them!
Best Regards,
Sue Maynard
Patrick Zavala
Lyn Hicks
Danny Torres
Karen Torres
Richard Perez
Swine Leaders, Sespe 4-H