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Colorado Dairy’s 15th annual Youth Extravaganza kicks off Sunday, continues through Tuesday in Greeley

Kelly Ragan

Evan Vigil-Hendrix, 10, made the trek to Greeley on Sunday from Wray for the 4-H's 15th annual Dairy Extravaganza.

He and his brothers come out to Island Grove Regional Park every year for the event — just like their dad.

Every year, the Colorado State University Extension Office for Weld County puts together the extravaganza to educate kids on all things dairy. This year, 99 kids registered to participate in various aspects of the extravaganza.

"The focus is to provide kids with an opportunity to work with their project animals while they gain some knowledge and education about the animals and the industry," said Keith Maxey with the Weld Extension Office.

During the Quiz Bowl, randomly formed teams sat divided by row in front of the questioner. They answered trivia related to dairy, such as, how much pizza does the average American eat in a year? How many gallons of water must a cow drink to produce a gallon of milk?

Evan was on team No. 1 for the Quiz Bowl competition.

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"We hope they're getting more education from it," said Holly Hendrix, Evan's mom. "The Quiz Bowl helps them learn more information about dairy that they can use with our dairy at home. They always learn just a little bit more."

In Wray, dairy production isn't very common. The Hendrix family takes dairy a step further, milking cows, camels and goats. Getting the boys out to see other kids involved with dairy is important, Holly said, as too many people don't know where their milk comes from.

"They love coming up here and meeting new kids who do the same thing," Holly said. "It's great to have all the families come together and trade secrets."

The extravaganza is one of the biggest dairy events 4-H puts on, Holly said. So despite the more than three-hour drive, it's worth it every year.

"It helps them know what dairy is all about," Holly said. "I learned a few things I didn't know."

Evan's team lost to team No. 2 in the first round, but that didn't stop him from having a good time.

Evan and his brothers also entered the photography contest and the dairy slogan contest. They got to learn showmanship skills, as well, which will help them out come show time at the county fair, Holly said.

Evan plans to show a Brown Swiss cow this year.

"Who knows, maybe we'll pull Evan out of his shy spot," Holly said.

Dairy Extravaganza schedule

Monday

7 a.m. — Breakfast

9 a.m. — Washing Clinic

9 a.m. — Fitting contest

11 a.m. — Dairy judging clinic and contest

Noon — lunch

2 p.m. — Showmanship Pee Wee (under 8 yrs), 1st year project members, 2nd–3rd year project members, 4th + year project members and adult (limited to 15 participants)

6:30 p.m. — Swim Party

8 p.m. — Pizza Party

Tuesday

7 a.m. — Breakfast

8:30 a.m. — All Breeds Show

Noon — Lunch

1 p.m. — All Breeds Show–cow classes, awards, ½ hour after show, cattle released