For the ninth year in a row, Tri-State, the Colorado Rural Electric Association and Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives were well represented at the Colorado State Fair (Pueblo, Colo.) in support of the 4-H and Future Farmers of America kids participating in the annual Junior Livestock Sale (Aug. 26).
There are many connections to Tri-State including various youth in the member co-ops’ service territories. Two entrants in the market lamb category were Cheyenne Chambers, a 17-year-old from Limon, Colo, and her 18-year-old cousin Shelly Chambers. The Chambers family is located in the Mountain View Electric Association service territory and Cheyenne’s mother, Penny Chamber, is a warehouse employee for the co-op. Both Cheyenne and Shelly raised their lambs from birth and proudly showed off their hard work during the Livestock sale. Cheyenne’s lamb sold for $1,400 and Shelly’s lamb netted $3,000.
Other Livestock Sale co-op connections include Tyler and Kaylee Camblin, children of Highline Electric employee Chris Camblin, who both participated in the market beef sale. Additionally, Tri-State was recognized for purchasing a goat from Cassidy Jagers through the Denver Rustlers. Cassia is the granddaughter of Lawrence Brase who sits on the Southeast Colorado Power Association Board.
The youth are involved in Colorado’s 4-H and FFA and work throughout the year to earn a spot in the sale. These organizations provide youth from five to 18 years of age the opportunity to compete in a variety of programs including raising animals, baking and woodworking.
Tri-State communications department personnel worked with their member co-op colleagues on pre-event sponsorship planning activities, while a number of executive staff members – including Lee Boughey, senior manager, enterprise communications/public affairs and Gigi Dennis, senior manager of external affairs – participated with the Denver Rustlers buying group, a team of Colorado civic/business leaders and politicians.
According to Dennis, “The livestock sale is like the Emmy awards for the participants. These youth have worked hard to raise an animal and then judged by professionals. Only the best get to sell their animal at the State Fair. Tri-State supports the Junior Livestock Sale because many of these kids are from its electric cooperative service territories.”