Written by Kendra Davis
For the 71st year, Texas A&M University welcomed youth from all over Texas to compete at State 4-H Roundup.
Roundup is an invitational event that grants qualifying 4-H’ers the opportunity to compete in over 50 diverse competitions and showcase the amount of hard work and dedication they have exhibited over the course of the year. Some of these contests include livestock judging, a fashion show, robotics challenge, public speaking, as well as several educational programs and presentations.
Those participating in 4-H roundup are rewarded for their efforts through scholarships and awards. This year, over 200 4-H members were awarded over $2.4 million.
With the participation of more than 2,100 competitors from across the state, the success of the event relies on the help from volunteers and sponsors to ensure that Roundup runs smoothly. Most of the volunteers you can find working at the event are past members of 4-H who still possess a passion and love for the organization.
Avery Martin, a Texas A&M Agricultural Leadership and Development major and former 4-H member, took time out of her busy schedule to assist with Roundup so that she could give back to the organization that positively influenced her life while she was growing up.
“I was a dedicated 4-H member for 10 years, but my love for the organization started when I went on my first trip to State 4-H Camp with my sister when I was about six weeks old,” said Martin. “I chose to help with Roundup because it’s the perfect way for me to give back to an organization that shaped me into who I am today by helping me to form well-rounded morals and values.”
Martin’s assistance with the event has led her to see the importance of 4-H and what it stands for from a different perspective as she is now on the outside looking in.
“By helping with this year’s Roundup, I have gained a stronger love for Texas 4-H and it has made me want to further my career with the organization as a whole,” said Martin. “I love seeing the excitement on these young people’s faces, as well as getting to witness the bonds that are being made far and wide across this great state.”
Volunteer’s duties range anywhere from judging events, helping set-up an event site, or simply offering a helping hand. Regardless, their selfless service does not go unnoticed as they exemplify 4-H’s motto “to make the best better.”
Next year’s Roundup will also be held on Texas A&M’s campus in College Station, June 10-13. For more information, visit https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/