4-H youth auctioned off to work

The Boundary C 4-H Club member Hanna Harpur shares her experience as a worker auctioned at last years' Cattle Baron's Ball.

Doreen MacLean and Hanna Harpur took time out from work last month in the Greenwood Museum to pose for this picture. Hanna is a 4-H member who had been purchased in the worker auction at the 2013 Cattle Baron’s Ball.

by Hanna and Stephanie Harpur

Submitted

Local 4-H kids enjoy a notable amount of support. For evidence you need look no further than the Cattle Baron’s fundraiser worker auction each April at the Rock Creek fairgrounds.

In the past, 4-H members were auctioned off to work privately at farms or doing odd jobs for people. Last year, a new option for the 4-H worker auction was rolled out for folks to purchase. The 4-H members could now be bought to work within the community at Parkview Manor, Mariposa Senior’s Home, the Lions Club, the Museum, churches and other community based opportunities. The 4-H kids were excited to have the chance to get involved and give back to these groups that give so much to our area.

Hanna Harpur was very grateful to be purchased by Rick Hansinger to work at the Greenwood Museum. In February of this year she got her chance to fulfill her work contract!

Doreen McLean and Wendy Higashi put Hanna to work on the vintage clothing display they are preparing for presentation this season. Hanna is in 4-H Clothing Club so this was a perfect fit for her.

Her first job was to help stuff clothes hangers with padding. Padded clothes hangers are necessary because the old clothes are very delicate and falling apart at the seams. She also helped pick out some of the clothing that was going to be shown in the display. All of the clothes were downstairs in the basement.

She says if you ever get the opportunity to go down there you should DO IT! There are so many amazing artifacts! Being in the 4-H Club she also found a couple of clothing patterns in the basement to be of interest. The prices on the old patterns were only 15 cents. She was amazed how pattern prices today can be as much as $20.

As a club we are so thankful to be able to share these kind of win-win opportunities with the kids and the community. Hanna’s experience is just one of many that came to be because of the worker auction at our Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball fundraiser dinner and dance.

This year we are celebrating 100 years of 4-H in BC. Our 20th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball will be held on April 5th with live music by the Sonny Boys. Tickets are $15 and available through your local 4-H member or Greg MacDonald at 250-446-2189. Hope to see you there!