Elizabeth Ivey, April Hobbs, and Amanda Acosta, McDuffie County 4-H'ers, tested their knowledge in consumer trends at the Area 4-H Cotton Boll & Consumer Jamboree. The annual competition was recently held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.
The 4-H Cotton Boll and Consumer Jamboree activity featured several facets of competition. Junior 4-H'ers prepared a poster promoting cotton and used the poster to present a thirty second cotton commercial. Senior 4-H'ers did a speech about cotton. Each contestant also tested their clothing and consumer knowledge by ranking four classes of consumer goods from "best to worst" for a particular buying situation. Items judged were sport drinks, sun screen lotions, store value cards and athletic socks.
From left, Elizabeth Ivey, April Hobbs, Amanda Acosta and 4-H Program Assistant Kathleen Drayton at the Cotton Boll & Consumer Jamboree Contest.
"The 4-H'ers learned how to make knowledgeable, rational decisions when purchasing goods and services," said Caroline Richardson, County Extension Agent. "They also learned the importance of cotton as an apparel fiber. As a result, 4-H'ers understand how to get the most for their dollar while acting as responsible consumer citizens."
"Our girls represented McDuffie County 4-H'ers in stiff competition and finished well receiving 4-H judging contest pins, award cards and certificates. Amanda Acosta was recognized as Top Individual at the contest," said 4-HProgram Assistant, Kathleen Drayton who accompanied the 4-H'ers to the competition.
The 4-H Cotton Boll & Consumer Jamboree is sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science's Cooperative Extension.