My son is a new 4-H member this year and was enrolled in the National Junior Beef Heifer Show at the Royal Winter Fair to complete his 2011 4-H year. This is the Olympics of the Junior Beef show circuit and 4-Hers work hard all year for the chance to qualify and be a part of a national level show hosted at the world famous Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
After double-checking rules and entries, we sent in our forms one week early to ensure prompt arrival. The excitement and preparations have been building at our home knowing the honour of being a part of this event. Then this week in our mail my son receives a letter from the Royal office 10 days before the Royal Winter Fair offi- cially opens stating he will not be allowed to show at the 2011 show. It was decided that the nine year old 4-H members would not be eligible to show at the 2011 show. We did not receive a phone call, apology or an explanation for this more than disappointing letter.
We as parents, 4-H leaders and mentors are here to teach our youth to be accountable for their actions and to commit and follow through with the projects they start.
As a family who has participated at the Royal Winter Fair for four generations, this is a huge let down in the integrity of the Royal Winter Fair and the National Junior Beef Heifer Show.