They called it “Super Saturday,” and for young people taking part it was – super and varied.
Scores of young people tried their hand at twirling Hula-Hoops, firing shotguns, shooting bows and arrows and creating paintings using fish at the 4-H Super Saturday workshop at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.
The daylong event allowed youths, from kindergarten through high school, to sample a variety of fun and educational activities, whether or not they belonged to 4-H.
Organizers estimated up to 120 kids attended, somewhat fewer than in past years, which they attributed to the warm and sunny weather.
Super Saturday is designed to introduce children to the 4-H programs and it certainly seemed to be a success. Admission was free, although participants brought nonperishable food to donate to the Clatsop County Regional Food Bank.
One of the most popular events, “shotgunning,” started with a class by Allan Schumacher, one of the founding members of the Clatsop Claybusters Shooting Club.
In his introduction, Shumacher stressed gun handling and safety. The 40-plus kids then headed to the amphitheater area in the back of the fairgrounds where a range was set up. A half-dozen instructors gave personalized instructions to each shooter, standing next to them through the whole shooting cycle.
The shooter yelled “pull” and the trap flung a clay target into the air.
Usually the orange target fell unharmed to the ground. But occasionally the target was hit, resulting in high-fives and fist bumps among participants.
A quieter but more active class was hula hooping taught by Jennifer Rasmussen. The half-dozen or so girls learned different techniques for hula hooping, including over the head and racing uphill while hula hooping. A lot of calories were burned and a lot of fun had.
Rasmussen said that she likes Hula Hooping because it was “fun and good exercise.”
For those with a more artistic bent, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees were on hand with paint, brushes – and dead fish. The participants painted the fish in whatever color struck their fancy. Then a piece of cloth was pressed onto the painted fish and the paint transferred to the fabric, producing an image.
In a more down-to-earth segment, the Clatsop Soil and Water Conservation District and Natural Resource Conservation Service showed how to construct a composting bin for manure using old pallets and twine.
This story originally appeared in Daily Astorian.