WESTMINSTER — Drew Arconti's five-day-old lamb bleated for its mother, while across the room, Erika Elgersma demonstrated metal-craft.
Later, Kristin and Kelly Myers showed how to clip their year-old dairy heifer, as Josh Kibler talked about keeping babies safe.
It was the annual county 4-H Demonstration Day Saturday at the AgCenter, when 4-H'ers show off their abilities in some 22 subject areas ranging from food preparation, gardening and crafts to livestock, automotive and woodworking.
"The purpose of Demonstration Day is to give the 4-H'ers better communication and public-speaking skills," said Bonni Crispin, superintendent of this year's event. "Giving a demonstration gives you a lot of confidence because you have to get up in front of a whole room of people.
"It also teaches you how to organize because you have to explain something in steps."
Some 60 4-H'ers from age 7 to 17 participated, hoping to win a champion rosetteso they could go on to this summer's Maryland State Fair in Baltimore County.
Each 4-H'er performed for two judges, who included former 4-H'ers, 4-H mothers, teachers, business people and government officials.
The Myers sisters of New Windsor -- Kristin, 11, and Kelly,13 -- are two champions going to the state fair for their demonstration of how and why to clip your dairy heifer.
Judges Sherry Clagett and County Commissioner President Donald I. Dell left the warmth ofBurns Hall to watch the girls clip Olivia, the calf, who mooed as the shears moved up and down her body.
"We clip to make the cow looksharper and cleaner," Kelly explained as Kristin shaved Olivia's side.
The girls, members of the Rolling Clovers and Dairy clubs, alsodisplayed the equipment needed for clipping as Olivia, tied to a fence post, restlessly turned from side to side.
"It's always interesting to watch the dairy kids clip because without a blocking stall athome, we'd be minus a few fingers doing ours," Clagett said with a laugh afterward.
Earlier, Clagett and Dell awarded Drew Arconti, 9,of Lineboro, a red ribbon for his talk on "Do lambs fly?"
Using aseries of charts with photographs and drawings, the second-year Manchester Maniacs 4-H Club member detailed the eight steps of the birth of a lamb.
Holding up the baby market lamb, Drew showed how to wipe off a newborn, check the umbilical cord, and make sure it nursed. After explaining that the lamb should be born close to the ground, Drew concluded that lambs don't fly.
"You did an excellent job," Delltold him.
In the arts and crafts area, Megan Hankins earned a champion rosette for her colorful demonstration on origami, the Japanesepaper-folding art.
After greeting her judges in Japanese, the 15-year-old Hampstead 4-H'er showed how to fold the paper properly to make a variety of forms, including the popular crane.
"This origami shape is famous because of a brave little girl named Sudeko and her thousand paper cranes," said Megan, a Lucky Clovers Club member.
Sudeko died at age 12 from leukemia, the result of radiation from the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima after World War II.
"Sudeko's friendtold her in the hospital that if a sick person folds 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her well again," Megan said.
But the little girl got to only 644, so her classmates folded the rest and put them in her coffin. Today, Sudeko is a heroine and people leave paper cranes on her grave as a memorial.
Megan also displayed toys, party boxes, and bouquets of flowers, all made from origami.
Another crafts winner was Stefanie Buckler, 9, of Westminster, who demonstrated how to make an apple puppet, spider puppet and Jack-be-nimble puppet.
The Cheetahs 4-H Club member drew smiles from the audience as she bit into a red apple to form the eyes, nose and mouth of a grinning face.
Working quickly, she glued a decorated piece of felt to a glove for the spider puppet, and wrapped a white handkerchief around her hand for Jack-be-nimble to earn a blue ribbon.
Sometimes the demonstrations don't go as planned.
Andrew Yake's topic on energy went well until he got to his key point, "Resistance can be explosive."
Using a model of a battery wired to produce an electrical current and heat, he held it against a balloon to show howoverloads occur. The balloon, which should have popped from the heat, refused to cooperate. Andrew speculated that he had practiced with the battery so much that its energy dwindled.
The 12-year-old Westminster resident and president of the Carroll Clovers 4-H Club still earned a red ribbon.
Here are Saturday's results, with name, awardand presentation title:
* Tamyra Robrecht, champion, bunny salad.
* Jacques Gachot, red, peanut butter apple slices.
*Jessica Boyd, champion, how to make a Waldorf salad.
* Joy Thomas, blue, party quiche.
* Shawnee Blauvelt, champion, chicken scallop.
* Jeffrey Painter, champion, vegetable pizza.
* Micki Luethje, blue, tomatoes stuffed.
* Amanda Boyd, champion, how to make oatmeal raisin muffins.