Peter Coyne of Spring Valley was the recipient of the handmade quilt raffled off as the main fundraiser activity for the Columbia County 4-H Horse Project.
Coyne’s name was drawn for the king-size quilt on the final day of the 2017 Columbia County Fair. Mike Finch of St. Paul, Minnesota, won the second-place prize of $100.
The fundraising project netted more than $5,000 with about 7,500 tickets sold.
The raffle completed a successful fundraiser that will help support the various educational programming for the club members, fund the various competitions during the year and help maintain needed equipment for the upcoming year. The largest project in 2017 was the relocation of the horse arena, complete with new gates and a building.
The Columbia County Horse Project members have annually constructed a handmade king-size quilt that is raffled off on the last day of the fair.
With the help of adults and quilting experts, the 4-H members spent numerous days over the winter and spring learning how quilts are made, coming up with a design, gathering material, sewing individual squares and completing the project. This phase of the project offered members the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the “normal” horse project activities building camaraderie and learning things many previously knew little about.
Upon completion, the quilt was on display at numerous horse shows and other public events where raffle tickets were sold. Members also spent a great deal of time connecting with and asking for support from within their respective networks and the community.