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Second graders can sign up for ‘Exploring 4-H’

Purdue Extension Corner

Eligibility in the regular 4-H program necessitates one must be in Grades three through 12 as of Jan. 1 of the current year. However second graders can get a taste of 4-H by signing up for the “Exploring 4-H” program.

Exploring 4-H is a program for children who are not yet old enough for 4-H. Any boy or girl in the second grade as of Jan. 1 of the current year is eligible.

There will be three meetings leading to a field day during the summer months for Exploring 4-Hers and ultimately project exhibition during the Putnam County 4-H Fair during July 20-27. With help from the Junior Leaders, the meetings include an introduction to the 4-H program, individual project instruction, recreation, and refreshments. Additionally, the youth in this program typically have entered their own float in the fair parade which will likely occur again this year if the group so desires.

Project choices for Exploring 4-H youth include collections, crafts, drawing, farm animals, foods, photography and wildlife. Collections, photography and wildlife are poster projects while drawing is submitting a framed picture, foods involves entering no bake cookies, and crafts is hands-on construction creating a small standing or hanging exhibit. Information and registration forms were sent home with all second grade school students during mid-January in connection with school visits.

Parents may sign up their second graders now for one of seven projects. Enrollment is simple. The cost is five dollars and forms are available at the office or online at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam to download. The first meeting will be between 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in the York Automotive Community Building.

Other meetings occur on March 7, April 11 and the field day will be on June 19. The meetings are typically 6-7 p.m., the field day is during the afternoon starting at 1 p.m., and all events are at the fairgrounds. Project check-in at the fair will be July 18, anytime between 4-7 p.m. and the “Fun at the Fair” scavenger hunt will be at 5:30 p.m. on July 25.

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765-653-8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming events

Jan. 25 – Gardening Conference, 6-9 p.m., Beef House in Covington, $20, RSVP 765-492-5330

Jan. 29 – Annie’s Project Starts, $75, Extension Office, 6 p.m.

Feb. 1 – New 4-Her Orientation, 6:30 p.m., York Automotive Building, fairgrounds

Feb. 6 – Succession Planning Program, 1-4 p.m., fairgrounds, $40 for family of 4

Feb. 7 – On Local Government Webinar, Extension Office, 11 a.m.

Feb. 8 – Exploring 4-H Orientation Meeting, 6 p.m., fairgrounds

Feb. 8 – Pasture Management Workshop, 5:30 p.m., Beef House in Covington, $20, RSVP http://bit.ly/2AP2MyI

(by Mark Evans, County Extension Director, 4-H Youth Development Educator, Purdue Extension Putnam County)

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