Hoppin’ 4-H member learns more than animals through annual fair – Alice Echo News-Journal

Experiencing agricultural is not something that children in Jim Wells County take seriously. They understand what it means to work with animals and the land to sustain life as they serve the community.

Jacob Gonzalez is a ninth grader at Alice High School. He is a member of the Hoppin’ 4-H Club. He has been a part of the Jim Wells County fair for several years by showing rabbits and goats.

Jacob Gonzalez is a ninth grader at Alice High School. He is a member of the Hoppin' 4-H Club.

“My main projects, in 4-H, are my livestock projects. I show both rabbits and goats.  I chose these projects because I was introduced to them at a very early age through my older sister, who also showed rabbits and goats,” Gonzalez said. “These projects required my daily attention to maintain their health and ideal weight in order to gain entry to the show, and I grew to enjoy the challenge.”

Gonzalez works hard on his exhibits, but he also enjoys the relationships that he has made through the 4-H.

“My greatest experience that I have had in 4-H is meeting new people, making lifelong friends, and working as a team to better serve our community,” Gonzalez said.

However, when the pandemic began, meeting face to face shifted over to virtual.

“I really miss interacting with my group and being able to go out in the community
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