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By Trisha Gedon
An Oklahoma delegation of 54, including 4-H club members, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension county educators, volunteer leaders and state staff traveled recently to Colorado to take part in the 93rd Denver Western Roundup.
More than 1,000 youth from more than 30 states, along with Alberta, Canada, attended this year’s event Jan. 9-13. The conference takes place annually in January and coincides with the National Western Stock Show. The theme for this year’s Denver Western Roundup was “A Whole New World.”
This event provides 4-H’ers an opportunity to establish new friendships, participate in social and educational programs by being a participant, not a spectator, experience and develop greater personal growth and continue to develop their leadership and citizenship skills, said Tracy Beck, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension 4-H events coordinator.
“This conference also provides our youth with an opportunity to learn about new careers, as well as cultural developments in business, agriculture, science, industry, education and the arts,” Beck said. “Denver Western Roundup also serves as a platform for youth to attend workshops and compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, all while focusing on the 4-H mission mandates of science, engineering, technology, math, healthy living and citizenship. In addition to these wonderful learning opportunities, this trip gives them a chance to see a place with a completely different landscape than Oklahoma.”
Attending from Canadian County was Kylee Turner, who is a member of the Canadian County Teen Leaders and Extreme Green. Turner is the daughter of James and Lora Turner of El Reno.
“One of the great things about traveling to events such as Denver Western Roundup is that our youth get an opportunity to do some sightseeing and experience the local culture,” Beck said. “Some of the side trips included skiing at Loveland Ski Resort, visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak and taking a tour of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.”
“Oklahoma 4-H’ers are extremely fortunate to be able to participate in such quality experiences as Denver Western Roundup,” Beck said.