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State 4-H Talent Shines

LAS CRUCES - 4-H members sang, played, danced, recited and joked their way to wins in the state 4-H talent show.

Vocal winner Bobby Simpson of Las Cruces performs "Folsom Prison Blues," during the talent show July 14 at the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University. 4-H members from throughout the state competed in vocal, musical, poetry, choreographed dance and celebrate 4-H (comedy/skit) categories. (07/16/2004) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The competition, now in its second year, was held July 14 during the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University.

Winners will provide entertainment at the 4-H Foundation's "Sparkles and Spurs" fall gala.

Vocal winner Bobby Simpson of Doņa Ana County performed "Folsom Prison Blues," accompanying himself on guitar.

The musical category winner was fiddler Kasey Armstong of Colfax County, who played four songs.

Jacob Dunlap of Hidalgo County won the choreographed dance category with a routine to the Usher song "Yeah."

Jena Bilberry and Adrienne Coe of Roosevelt County won in the celebrate 4-H (comedy) category. They dressed as pillow people and danced to the "Cotton Eyed Joe," interspersing "You might be a 4-H'er" jokes.

Bilberry won in the poetry category for a reading of "My Mother Was a Lady," presented in a baseball uniform.

4-H is the largest youth organization with 6.4 million members. New Mexico has 72,500 members representing 447 clubs. 4-H members participate in contests, service projects and activities to develop leadership, citizenship and life skills.