They needed a way to raise money for the 4-H Shooting Sports program without doing the “usual” thing.
“We took a chance on selling a hot meal during the Christmas market (eight years ago) and it has become somewhat of a tradition now,” said Danyelle Yeatman, volunteer with the Webster County 4-H Shooting Sports program.
The money raised from the chili sale goes toward targets, equipment, and range maintenance for the 20-30 students involved in the program.
Danyelle and her husband, Scott Yeatman, will be selling homemade chili at the Eupora Christmas Market this year to raise money for the shooting sports 4-H program.
It is a major undertaking with lots of volunteers meeting at the Stewart Fire Department before the sale to make chili. Baldy Collins and David Morelan also come by and help cook the chili the night before the sale.
They will sell a “meal” for $5 that includes a 16 oz. cup of chili, crackers and a drink. They sell a quart cup of chili only for $9. Yeatman said a lot of people like to bring their own containers and will be priced accordingly. For instance, bring a gallon container for $36. The Chili Sale will be held 10 a.m. until they are sold out on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Eupora Christmas Market.
Former Webster County 4-H Agent, Julie White introduced the Yeatmen’s to the shooting sports program. When Ben Hill became a coach, he offered to let the Yeatman’s build a shooting range on his property.
Yeatman said Andrew Bright was one of their first 4-H club members, and after he aged out of the program he came to practices as often as he could to help younger participants.
“When he turned 21, he and his wife, Jessie went through the coaches training and became our newest coaches last season,” Danyelle Yeatman said.
Yeatman said Coach Andrew Bright was a National Qualifier, going to Grand Isle, Neb. for the national 4-H shooting sports competition. Zach Walker also went to nationals.
“We enjoy being involved with the youth and offering them the opportunity to be involved in an organized shooting and safety program,” Yeatman said. “Teaching sportsmanship is important to us, in competition we have seen our youth lend their equipment to other competitors from other counties. Instances like that make us the most proud of our youth.”
Yeatman said students learn how to safely handle firearms, how to be safe around them, and how to safely operate them. They also sponsor organized competitive events for students, if they choose to participate.
The Webster County Shooting Sports program has youth that have never fired a firearm before starting the program, as well as youth who have hunted or shot all their lives.
They have youth from all surrounding counties that have participated in the program, even as far away as Clay County.
“Being able to offer this program to the youth in our area has been a true blessing to us,” Danyelle Yeatman said.
“I am so excited for the 4-H Shooting Sports chili fundraiser coming up,” said Webster County Extension Agent Lisa Stewart. “Scott and Danyelle Yeatman have volunteered their time and energy to the specific project for nearly 10 years. This is strictly above and beyond for them. The youth involved learn not only shooting skills but safety skills that they will never forget.”
Yeatman said “there is no way this program could have been as successful as it has been without the help of our coaches – Ben Hill, Andrew and Jessie Bright; Lisa Stewart and Debbie Bagwell of MSU Extension Service; and all the youth and parents that participate.”
For more information, or to become a part of Webster County 4-H Shooting Sports call the Webster County Extension office at (662) 258-3971.