Montgomery County 4-Hers Participate in Region 17 Table Setting Contest

4-H’ers representing Harrison, East Pottawattamie, West Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page counties participated in the 5th Annual Region 17 4-H Table Setting Championship held at the Council Bluffs Library in downtown Council Bluffs.  4-H’ers competed in their home counties to earn a spot at the Table Setting Championship with members representing three age divisions, Junior (4th, 5thand 6thGrade), Intermediate (7th& 8thGrade) and Senior (9-12thGrades) and two categories, formal and casual themed occasions. The event for the second year included a showcase for Clover Kids (K-3rdGrade) and Discovery 4-H (3rdGrade) 4-H Table settings from Fremont, Harrison, East Pottawattamie and West Pottawattamie Counties.
 
Participants in the Region 17 Table Setting program chose a theme for their formal or casual table setting, and a menu of what would be served, then arranged a full single table setting with flatware/silverware, glasses, plates and bowls as needed to serve that meal to guests at their dinner or party. They also chose a centerpiece for the table that could be constructed or chosen by them to fit the theme. All of this would be set up on a card table or for casual table settings such as for a picnic could be arranged on a blanket on the floor. All of the contestants also wore clothing that went along with the theme to strengthen their presentation on the table setting.
 
The purpose of the program is to provide youth the opportunity to plan a meal around a theme learning the skills of planning, developing a theme, selecting or making matching centerpieces and clothing to go along with that them, planning a nutritious and fun meal, and developing hospitality skills through communicating their planning process and table setting with a judge through conference judging. Hosting a party, learning where all of the silverware, napkins, plates, bowls and glasses are properly placed on the table are all skills that youth will need as they plan or participate in family gatherings, formal dinners for work, or understanding what all those forks are for at a formal work function.
 
New this year to the event were three enrichment workshops on creative napkin folding led by Melanie McAndrews, Harrison County Extension Program Coordinator, Flower Arranging led by Lorna Seilstad, West Pottawattamie 4-H Leader and Incredible Shrinking Minis using #6 Plastic Science workshop led by Parker Seilstad, former West Pottawattamie County 4-H’er.

 
Awards were presented to the 4-H’ers at the end of the evening contest hosted by Region 17 County Extension staff and Region 17 4-H Specialists.
 
Participants from Montgomery County included:  In the Intermediate Formal 4-H Table Setting Division, Devin Isaacson and Savanna Clark-Moffett, who received Purple Ribbons.  In the Senior Casual Table Setting Division, Sarah Whitten was named Champion.
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