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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • RUSSELL HIVELY: 4-H walk

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  • Wildcat Boulevard moved to Crowder land on Oct. 12 where I participated in the 4-H FunWalk/Run. It was a different experience.
    I knew it was going to be a fine day as I saw a large buck deer with a huge rack of antlers on the lawn of the Free Will Baptist Church, and six more deer, three does and three fawns, along the road up to Premier Turbine. Seeing deer is a treat.
    The 4-H Walk/Run took place on old Camp Crowder roads, which are now part of Crowder College’s agricultural program. I find it interesting to realize the roads I was walking on were paved in 1941.
    The walk started in the parking lot outside the Farber Building. Then we walked by the ag building and driving school. A truck driving instructor and his class were on the huge pad with a semi truck as we passed. We walked north for nearly one half of the 5K.
    Along the way I noticed a field with goats and sheep and a huge white sheep dog. The dog followed inside the fence but did not even bark as I walked by.
    Next I noticed a white horse running up to the fence to see what all the people were doing.  He, too, made no sound — just watched the people parading by.
    I noticed several small persimmon trees which were loaded with fruit, and hedge apple trees which were beginning to drop their huge, sticky fruits. Several black walnut trees marked their presence with huge green nuts littering the side of the road. 
    As expected, there were many youngsters participating in this walk/run. Some were not attempting to set any walking records, but picking up persimmons, tasting them and tossing them away. The kids seemed to enjoy tossing Osage oranges at each other, too.
    Three deer dashed across the road in front of me at one point. As I am one of the last of the walkers, I wondered why they had waited until I came along to make their dash across the road. Had they watched, hidden, as the others passed by?
    Kids and agriculture have been a big part of my life, so supporting 4-H clubs seems a “no-brainer.” Take a walk, support causes you believe in, use your signal lights, and see what you notice while passing along your own Wildcat Boulevard.
    Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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