The new 4-H Legacy building was packed Sunday afternoon to celebrate its grand opening at the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition Grounds.
A number of guest speakers and politicians as well as the community and 4-H members gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new building, just a week before this year’s exhibition.
“It has certainly been an experience planning and seeing this barn come to life,” said Cathy Lavers of the Pictou County 4-H Leaders Council. The new building will be used to display projects from members, host meetings and events and house a new up-to-date canteen.
In Pictou County, there are eight 4-H clubs, 237 members and more than 90 volunteers that will be able to make use of the space for a number of different events including the upcoming exhibition. During the presentations and speeches portion of the opening, it was announced that through filling out applications and grants that the 4-H program had received $20,000 from FCC Agri Spirit Fund Grant to help out with the barn.
“It was fantastic!” said Bonnie Allen of Sunrise Trail 4-H. She added that she was thrilled to see 4-H members, former members, leaders and past leaders all in attendance for the celebrations. “If I could do cartwheels I’d do them,” she laughed.
It was not only the organizers but the 4-Hers themselves who were thrilled about the new barn opening and the opportunities it will bring.
“It’s really exciting, especially for our non-livestock projects,” said Gracien Murray, Pictou County 4-H hostess for 2018. She recalled the old structure having tarps on the roof to help prevent leaking that was a concern for those who stored their projects in the old building. With the new building, they will not have to worry about their projects once they are placed in there.
“It will be nice to have other things going on too, and help 4-H thrive,” Murray said.
From left, Dawson Lees, Pictou County 4-H host for 2018, County of Pictou Warden Robert Parker, Cathy Lavers of the Pictou County 4-H leaders Council, Jack Ferguson of the agriculture society and Exhibition president, and Gracien Murray, Pictou County 4-H hostess for 2018 help cut the ribbon to officially open the new 4-H Legacy Building. (Brimicombe photo)