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Schmidt: Pierce County 4-H Holds Annual Awards Night

By Staff | Nov 18, 2016

Pierce County 4-H held its Annual Awards Night, Sunday, October 30th, at First Lutheran Church in Rugby.

4H Awards Night is a special evening where the 4-H program recognizes our Friends, Volunteers, and Members for outstanding contributions and achievements. It also serves to wrap up the past 4-H year and kick start the new 4-H year.

Each year the 4-H Council selects a theme for the Awards Night celebration. In keeping with tradition, the theme of this year’s celebration was Halloween. Special activities for the evening included a youth costume contest as well as a cake/baked goods decorating contest.

The Cakewalk has also been a longstanding tradition at 4-H Awards Night. 4-H’ers participating in the cake/baked goods decorating contest could also choose to donate their item to the traditional Cakewalk following judging. Prizes were awarded to the top two costumes and cakes in each of three age divisions.

A fun new addition to the evening’s festivities was a “Guess-the-Pumpkin-Weight” contest and prizes were awarded to the top two closest guesser’s.

The Pierce County 4-H Council also recognized Angel Hoffert as the Friend of 4-H for 2015-2016 and presented her with a plaque.

Angel was a leader of the Dakota Riders 4-H Club for 10 years and has shared her expertise with her 4 children and many other 4-H’ers over the years. She has also been a strong supporter and promoter of 4-H in Pierce County.

How Does 4-H Work?

The new 4H year began on September 1st. The Pierce County enrollment deadline for eligibility to compete in Achievement Days is November 15th.

Any youth aged 5-18 can participate in 4-H. Youth age 5-7 participate as Cloverbuds on a non-competitive basis. 4-H Members are youth ages 8-18. This age group is part of the competitive program and has full membership in the 4-H program. 4-H members in this age group can be involved in many different activities and events on local and state levels.

A 4-H club is typically made up of 5 or more youth from 3 or more families. Most 4H clubs meet one to two times a month and are typically led by a parent who is a volunteer leader. Meetings which are led by parents of the club youth usually last about 1-2 hours and include a short business meeting, project work/demonstrations, and social time.

The expectations for 4-H membership are a balance between 4-H project work, involvement in the 4-H club, participation in 4-H activities and events including community service projects, and working toward improving one’s personal growth. Parents are expected to help and support their child in their 4-H project work and help their club leader with at least one 4-H Club activity during the 4-H year.

Once a member reaches age 8 or 3rd grade, they can sign up for specific 4-H project areas. These projects are a group of hands on activities, organized activities, and leadership/citizenship activities. Members can sign up for as many projects as they would like with the approval of parents and their 4-H leader.

The Pierce County Extension office is looking forward to the new 4H year and all the exciting events available for 4-H’ers to participate in. We are excited to have Pierce County 4-H’ers and their families join us in getting involved in National 4-H Week, Multi-County Project Days, Hippology/Horse Judging, Communication Arts, Project Expo, and Shooting Sports to name a few!

If you’d like to join 4H or become a volunteer contact the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5 for more information.

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