HOPE – Some 400 students and advisors from 4H clubs in the Ouachita District took over Hope High School on a soggy Tuesday for the 25-county district 4H O’Rama.
Competitions conducted during the morning hours included multiple agricultural science varieties, fashion revue, sport fishing, food and consumer sciences, technology, citizenship, public speaking, health and safety, as well as BB gun sport shooting, and vocal and dance performing arts among more than two dozen district contests.
Hempstead County 4Her Brady Gentry, of Spring Hill, won the public speaking contest, the only local entrant to place among the three students competing from the county.
Instrumental performing arts competition was also held at the First Baptist Church in Hope.
Contestants were provided lunch in the HHS cafeteria, after which University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service county agents met prior to the general awards assembly.
HHS Principal Bill Hoglund welcomed the students and advsors to the HHS campus, noting that he was gratified to see so many students spending a part of their summer vacation in an educational setting.
Despite heavy rains and roadways flooding, especially along U. S. Highway 29 south of Hope, most 4H clubs from the district were able to attend the competition, according to Terri James, Hempstead County family and consumer sciences agent.