4-H’ers representing Harrison, East Pottawattamie, West Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page counties participated in the 4th 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, 5th and 6th Grade), Intermediate (7th & 8th Grade) and Senior (9-12th Grades) and two categories, formal and casual themed occasions. This year Region 17 added a showcase for Clover Kid 4-H Table settings as a demonstration with two table settings participating from East Pottawattamie County, currently the only county piloting this project with the Kindergarten –Third grade Clover Kid participants.
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.
Receiving purple ribbons from Montgomery County were Savanna Clark-Moffett and Devin Isaacson in the Formal Junior division (also named Champion!), and Jordyn Figgins and Delaney Dalton in the Casual Junior division.