- Author: Ashley Pyler, Loma Vista 4-H
On October 11th, 2018, 4-H'ers of Ventura County walked into the doors of the UCCE Office in Ventura, California. They were here because they were attending the 2018 Ventura County 4-H Achievement Night. The vast majority of these 4-H'ers had submitted 4-H Record Books to the county to be judged against the other 4-H Record Books of Ventura County 4-H. A lot of these 4-H'ers had submitted their Record Books in the summer, so they had waited several weeks to find out how they did in the Ventura County 4-H Record Book Competition. Finally, these hardworking Ventura County 4-H Members would find out how they did in the Ventura County 4-H Record Book Competition on this very night.
The decorations at the event were truly amazing. Many 4-H banners were hung to make the event look more official and to add to the festivities of the event. On the tables, there were fancy black tablecloths, 4-H gift bags for members to take home, beautiful centerpieces, and multi-colored confetti to celebrate everything that the members have accomplished in the previous 4-H program year.
The night started off with the members playing a game of Pictionary. The event's participants were divided up into four teams that played four rounds. After all four rounds had concluded, the scorekeeper for the game revealed that there was a four-way tie. The teams then played an incredibly competitive tiebreaker.
After the Pictionary game, it was then time to announce what the members had been waiting for. After weeks of waiting, it was finally time to announce the awards. Members who won awards proudly walked up to the front area of the room to receive them. The audience clapped, people cheered, and the members smiled. The atmosphere of the event was incredible. Whether the members were competing against one another, were from different clubs, or were best friends, they all applauded each other. This showed how truly humble the 4-H members are.
After the awards were announced, refreshments and desserts were served to the members while they were congratulating each other on their amazing accomplishments. Everyone went home with a smile on their face. If you didn't attend the 2018 Ventura County 4-H Achievement Night, I strongly recommend that you attend next year's achievement night.