is Idaho County 4-H Week
The week of April 15th through the 21st marks the celebration of Idaho County 4-H Week. This annual event provides recognition and visibility to the members, parents and leaders involved in the Idaho County 4-H program. 4-H Week is also intended to be a recruitment tool for the Idaho County 4-H Program. Clubs are organizing and inviting new members to become involved in the 4-H experience.
2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the 4-H Program in Idaho. The Idaho County 4-H Program will be celebrating this centennial through out the year with a variety of special activities. The kick-off to the centennial celebration was the 4-H “Birthday” Party!
The annual 4-H “Birthday” Party kicked off Idaho County 4-H Week on Saturday, April 14th at the Cottonwood Community Hall. 4-H clubs set up carnival-type booths of all kinds. The “penny arcade” games began at 10:00 a.m. 4-H’ers and their friends enjoyed a barbecue hamburger lunch at the conclusion of the games at noon. Lunch was sponsored by the Idaho County Cattle Association and the Idaho County Wheat Growers Association. All proceeds from the day go toward helping 4-H adult volunteers attend educational trainings by paying for registrations costs.
The goals of the 4-H program are to provide opportunities for young people, ages 6 to 19, to develop responsibility and leadership skills, to improve their public speaking ability, and to gain self-confidence. 4-H’ers learn by individual project efforts, working with other club members, and by devoting time to community service.
Last year the Idaho County 4-H Program enrolled 450 members and 104 adult volunteer leaders. Over 700 4-H projects were exhibited at the Idaho County Fair and over 50 4-H members participated in the Idaho County 4-H Horse Show.
Now is a great time for families to become involved in the Idaho County 4-H Program. For more information about how to become a 4-H members or and adult volunteer leader, call the Idaho County Extension Office at 983-2667.
A photo from the Idaho County 4-H Party held at the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, April 14.