As February begins to give way to March, every time I feel like Mother Nature may be hinting the spring is right around the corner, Indiana winter sets back in, and cold temperatures and flurries keep happening.

Although I am more than ready for springtime, and everything the season has in store, I have enjoyed several of the agricultural events that have taken place over the last few weeks, including National FFA Week and Indiana Pork’s annual Taste of Elegance event.

One that stands out the most to me was one on a more personal level, as my oldest child, my son, Graham, attended his very first 4-H meeting.

Now, I know to some it may not seem like the biggest agricultural event of the year, but I have been waiting since what seems like the day my son was born for him to be in third grade, so he could officially enroll in Indiana 4-H.

I was a 10-year 4-H member myself, and I participated in various projects, including soil and water conservation, gardening, arts and crafts, foods and livestock, including swine and sheep.

Although it was a lot of hard work over the years, and, yes, there were sometimes I would rather have been inside in the air-conditioning during the hot summer days instead of setting up my sheep or walking my hogs, 4-H provided some of my best memories.

That is one of the main reasons I have been looking forward to my son being able to join 4-H, so he can start creating his own memories and get out in the show ring himself.

Before we headed to his meeting, my son was a little worried that he wouldn’t know what was going on and wouldn’t know if he would like it.

I kept reassuring him that he would, but it wasn’t until the meeting got started and he began joining in with group activities that I could tell by the look on his face that he was having a blast.

On the way home, he talked nonstop about the meeting and about his projects and what he had to do in the months leading up to the fair.

I know there are going to be several ups and downs his first year in 4-H, but I am very excited to help him get through them and can’t wait to see him step foot in the 4-H show ring for the first time.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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