Long County 4-H’ers kicked off National 4-H Week by spending the first day, Oct. 2, at Tractor Supply in Jesup with one last push for the national paper clover campaign. Members of 4-H shared exhibits, provided educational information on healthy lifestyles and assisted with the sale of more $70 of clovers. Employees were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and cupcakes.
4-H youth connected with the community Oct. 4 by holding an open house at the Long County office to celebrate 4-H and showcase their achievements from the past year. The event gave residents a chance to stop by and meet some of their future leaders. Everyone who stopped by received four-leaf clovers for their pockets.
The 4-H members also assisted Smiley Elementary, Walker Middle and Long County High with funds to purchase items for their Red Ribbon Week celebrations.
4-H members also visited some classrooms, handing out clovers to teachers and providing information to students.
On Oct. 8, the final day of National 4-H Week, more than 1,000 people from the community attended the 30th annual Long County Wildlife Festival. The Long County High School band played the National Anthem. After the Pledge of Allegiance, several 4-H’ers took the stage to lead the 4-H pledge.
Throughout the day, visitors stopped by the two 4-H booths, one of which was run by Long County archery members and volunteers. Many future 4-H’ers visited the booth and took their first shots at a target, which created more interest in the archery program.
Several people also enjoyed the second booth, which featured a 4-H cakewalk, a variety of meat sticks, cookbooks and several exhibits that were prepared by 4-H’ers.
During National 4-H week, the Long County 4-H club reached more than 3,000 contacts.
For more information about how to get involved, call the 4-H office at 545-9549.