Three Kids to Watch: Three 4-H'ers from Dolores who hope to stand out at fair

Kalena Ramsey holds her 4-H project, her goose named Gail.

Between July 26 and Aug. 2, 4-H club members will display projects at the Montezuma County Fair.

While some projects will focus on the production of market livestock, others will involve cake decorating, sewing, or some other activity altogether.

In all, the vast majority of 249 local 4-H club members will participate in this year's fair, representing one of eight clubs in the area.

Below are short profiles on three individuals from the Dolores area who are taking part in the fair.

Melissa McKinney

Age: 18

Parents: Virginia and Jetson McKinney

Club: Kalvin's Kids

Years in 4-H: 11

Activities: Western Swing Dance, Dog Obedience, Cake Decorating, Leather Craft

Bio: In terms of years of experience, few 4-H club members in the area can match Melissa McKinney.

The president of the Kalvin's Kid's 4-H Club, McKinney is wrapping up her 11th year in 4-H.

Asked what she has learned while participating in 4-H, McKinney cited leadership and people skills.

Competing in Western Swing Dance, Dog Obedience, Cake Decorating and Leather Craft this year, McKinney will be busy, yet plans to relish the experience.

"It's my last year competing in dog and swing dance," said McKinney. "This year, I just want to do the best that I can for my last year."

Nichole Kibel

Age: 16

Parents: Laci and Chad Kibel

Club: Roundup

Years in 4-H: 9

Activities: Market Sheep, Clothing Construction

Bio: Nichole Kibel enjoys participating in a variety of projects.

At this year's fair, Kibel will show Market Sheep, present a Clothing Construction project and model the clothes that she has created.

A member of the Roundup 4-H Club, Kibel hopes to set an example for young 4-H members who will follow in her footsteps.

"I like being a person for the younger kids to live up to," said Kibel.

Discussing her goals for this year's fair, Kibel said that she hopes to place well.

"This year, I'd like to get Grand or Reserved Grand Champion in Showmanship or Market," said Kibel.

KaLeena Ramsey

Age: 15

Parents: Melissa and Allen Hackett

Club: Alpaca

Years in 4-H: 4

Activities: Dog Obedience, Market Goose, Archery

Bio: Dolores area resident KaLeena Ramsey takes pride in displaying high-quality projects at the Montezuma County Fair.

At this year's fair, Ramsey will participate in Dog Obedience, present a Market Goose and compete in Archery.

Asked what she enjoys most about participating in 4-H, Ramsey mentioned meeting new people and learning new skills.

As for her goals for at this year's fair, Ramsey said that she hopes to perform well in the Archery competition and impress fair attendees with her animals.

"I want to do the best that I can and have fun while I'm doing it," said Ramsey.


Courtesy photo/Melissa McKinney


Courtesy photo/Nichole Kibel