Roger L. Nestor, local West Virginia University Extension Agent and coach, said that the Barbour County 4-H Soils Judging team is scheduled to spend close to 400 hours training for the national contests in all sorts of conditions and situations.
He added that the goal "is to represent Barbour County and West Virginia to the best of our ability."
He added that "previous teams have carried the banner high and have set national records and have developed a national level of respect for the Barbour County 4-H Soils judging program. Hopefully, this year's group will continue the tradition."
From left are, Barbour County 4-H members, Jacob Yocum, Taylor Talbott, Tyler Baldwin and Ben Hart, the current West Virginia 4-H Soils Judging champions. They began their training Dec. 23 for the 2012 National 4-H Land and Homesite judging contests which will take place May 3 in Oklahoma City, Okla. They will represent Barbour County, the 5,500-plus West Virginia 4-H members and the state of West Virginia.
This will be the 61st National Land Judging contest in Oklahoma. Nestor added that "this is a once in a lifetime experience since a youngster can only compete in the national contest one time in their life." This year's team has a hard task ahead if they hope to be successful in Oklahoma.
The team appreciates all the support financially and otherwise that has already been extended to them.
The 4-H team will be gone for 11 days and is hoping to have the necessary finances in place by early February so that time can be solely devoted to training.
If you would like to help support this year's team, you can make your checks payable to the Barbour County 4-H Leaders and send it to the Barbour County Extension Office, Route 2 Box 158-C, Philippi, WV 26416. 4-H is a national 501 (c)(3) organization with a tax exempt number of 2704.
For more information, call the Barbour County Extension Office at 304-457-3254.