4-H takes part in the Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Contest

Published 11:31 am Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Decatur County 4-H’ers participated in the Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Southwest District area contest in Tifton, Georgia on November 1, 2021. Cloverleaf/Junior members (4th-8th grade) were Amberly Griner, Scott Ross Hayes, Tom Chastain, Jacob Moore, Margaret Chastain, and Maddox Reynolds. Senior 4-H’ers (9th-12th grade), Destiny Jenkins, Olivia Griner, Thomas Neal and Lailae Smith.

The Decatur County 4-H Senior Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging team took 4th place honors with Lailae Smith receiving 7th place High Individual and 8th place Senior Reasons. Thomas Neal earned 4th place Senior presentation.

The Decatur County 4-H Cloverleaf/Junior team took 5th place Junior team. Amberly Griner was 2nd High Cloverleaf Individual with Scott Ross Hayes receiving 3rd Cloverleaf High Individual, Margaret Chastain gaining 4th Cloverleaf High Individual and Tom Chastain taking 6th place Cloverleaf High Individual. Scott Ross Hayes earned 3rd place Cloverleaf presentation while Amberly Griner and Tom Chastain tied for 4th place Cloverleaf presentation. Margaret Chastain received 5th place Cloverleaf presentation.

Maddox Reynolds received 8th place Junior High Individual and 3rd place Junior presentation. Jacob Moore took 6th place Junior presentation. Team members participating in practices and the cotton commercial/advertisement presentation but unable to attend the in-person contest included Henry Lee, Paxton Sapp, Isabella Rentz and Goldie Gossett.

Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging is a competitive judging contest where 4-H’ers learn about cotton as an agriculture commodity in our state. 4-H’ers are also required to give a presentation on cotton in the form of a cotton commercial or advertisement. Besides the commercial/advertisement, 4-H’ers judge four classes of consumer items or services. Each class contains four similar items and has an accompanying situation statement. This scenario describes a consumer and gives the needs to be considered when he/she makes a decision to purchase the item. The class categories for 2021 were frozen meals, athletic shoes, cell phone plans and bicycles. Through this process, 4-H’ers gain skills in making rational decisions when purchasing goods and services while maximizing resources.

For more information about this or any 4-H activity, contact Lindsey B. Hayes at the Decatur County Extension Office 248-3033 or email linsbell@uga.edu.