4-H on Parade

The Calgary Stampede welcomes 4-H on Parade, presented by Cervus Equipment, Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Stampede Park. With 47 clubs participating, the event is Canada’s largest 4-H gathering. 4-H on Parade is the crowning event of the year for members to display their projects and talents.

Over the weekend there will be three charity auctions with chances to bid on a lamb, a steer and a beautifully framed photograph. These projects have been donated by Standard Sheep, Airdrie 4-H Beef Club and the Irricana Beef and Multi Club, respectfully. The proceeds will go to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Calgary Poppy Fund/Veterans Food Bank. The charity lamb and steer projects will sell at the live auction on Sunday, June 2 starting at 11 a.m.; the photograph will be sold at a silent auction that runs throughout the weekend.

The popular Cleaver Kids program, which has doubled in size since last year, will be featured Saturday, June 1. This program is designed to get children under the age of nine excited about 4-H by interacting with animals and participating in life skills activities.

This year, to celebrate the centennial of 4-H Canada, clubs across Canada will be collecting food donations for local food banks. On Saturday, June 1, there will be a food art challenge for clubs to plan out a design made of the food their club has brought to the Parade. The food art will be judged and collected for food banks in Calgary and surrounding areas.

4-H on Parade events begin Friday, May 31 with the beef female show and continue through the weekend with other cattle shows (beef and dairy), sheep shows, canine events, equine shows (western and english), and life skills demonstrations. 4-H on Parade will culminate with an exciting live auction of sheep and steer projects on Sunday. This sale gives buyers a unique opportunity to buy livestock directly from their sellers, while also supporting Alberta’s youth who put their hard work into raising the animals.

For more information about 4-H on Parade see stampedeagriculture.com/events.

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