4-H on display Pee Dee youth celebrate National 4-H Week at the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair
Pee Dee youth celebrate National 4-H Week at the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair
Each year during National 4-H Week, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country celebrate everything 4-H. Pee Dee Region 4-H members are observing National 4-H Week (Oct. 6 -12) by showcasing their efforts during the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair in Florence and the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia.
The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county in the country - from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities - are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.
The public is encouraged to attend the ECA Fair and support our youth as they highlight their animal showmanship skills nightly in the livestock barn or admire their artwork, baking, canning or tomato growing abilities on display in Arts & Craft building.
All current 4-H members who have their 2019-2020 membership card and 4-H t-shirt will be admitted free to the ECA Fair on Thursday for 4-H Night. Everyone is invited to stop by the 4-H booth and meet some of our regional teen leaders while learning more about opportunities available. All current 4-H members will receive a prize!
Residents who are interested in adding chickens to their current flock or would like to start a backyard flock are also invited to the Pee Dee Region 4-H Pullet Chain Auction that will be held in the ECA Fair Livestock Barn on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Several lots of Rhode Island Red, Golden Comet, and Cuckoo Maran pullets (chickens raised by local 4-Hers over the last five months) will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. The auction is open to the public and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Pee Dee Region 4-H livestock projects.
“Whether through raising livestock, participating in Junior Leadership, learning to garden, acquiring abilities of an experienced chef, or volunteering at a local nursing home, our 4-H members are building life skills that will positively impact their future and the future of our local communities,” said Florence County 4-H Agent Faith Truesdale. “Our 4-H would not be possible without the support of our local community and we are thankful for all of our donors and volunteers as we work to fulfill the 4-H motto, ‘To Make the Best Better!’”
The nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, 4-H cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower 6 million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and cooperative extensions, such as the Clemson University Cooperative Extension,in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country.
In Florence County alone, more than 2000 youth are reached annually by 4-H with over 200 being actively involved as 4-H Club members and more than 15 adult volunteers making the 4-H opportunities possible.
To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.clemson.edu/4h or contact your local Clemson Cooperative Extension Office.