Tuesday brought rain and cooler temperatures for the 4-H fair’s Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks Contest.


Tuesday brought rain and cooler temperatures for the 4-H fair’s Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks Contest.

Louis Johnson of El Dorado participated in the contest, informing the judge and audience about wildlife.

She has been interested in nature and animals for many years and has put her passion to paper.

Johnson compiled an informative notebook depicting several animals in the form of drawings.

She combined her interest in nature with her love of drawing.

“Today I’m going to show you why I’m wild about wildlife,” was Johnson’s opening statement.

She went on to explain that informative notebooks can be a wonderful learning experience and a way to express an interest in a topic.

She presented the judge with examples of several wildlife notebooks, including some compiled by her siblings.

She explained that in order to sketch the animals she used in her notebook, she would use references and field guides.

“Animals like hummingbirds aren’t going to stay still for you to draw them,” said Johnson.

She went on to explain that her younger sister also compiled a notebook similar to a coloring book, since she is only 7.

Johnson was asked by the judge how long she kept and added to each notebook.

Johnson said she would refer to notebooks for several years and add to them.

The judge then asked Johnson if she had an animal she favored.

“I really enjoyed learning about the Leopard Frog and its habits,” said Johnson.

This is Johnson’s seventh year in the 4-H program and she has been participating in the illustrated talks and demonstration events for three years.

After her presentation Johnson said she thought she did pretty well.

“I was kind of nervous,” she said. “But I think I did OK.”