EATON — Have you ever wondered what 4-H is all about?
Preble County 4-H wants to help everyone find out. 4-H Family Fun Day will be held on the Preble County Fairgrounds in Bruner Arena on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
4-H clubs will be present to share information and there will be fun hands-on activities to do. The Preble County community is invited to come and discover themselves in 4-H, according to Extension Educator Christy Millhouse.
“Sometimes when people think about 4-H, they think that it is only about animals,” Millhouse noted. “With over 200 projects to explore, there is something for everyone! You can learn about animals, computers, public speaking, cooking, art, gardening, robotics and environmental sciences, just to name a few projects. Youth participate in 4-H through clubs, camps, or other short-term experiences. 4-H is found in every part of Preble County.”
The 4-H philosophy is “learn by doing,” Millhouse said. “This involves club meetings, participating in one or more of the over 150 4-H projects available, community activities, recreation, trips, camps and many other experiences.”
Youth have the opportunity to compete at the Preble County Fair and the Ohio State Fair. Older members can be camp counselors and serve on the Junior Fair Board. There are also opportunities at the state, national and international level for leadership development, learning and fun.
“4-H is a great place to make friends,” Millhouse said. “The friendships many 4-Hers make through these experiences last a lifetime.”
4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 years and in kindergarten to age 19. 4-H connects youth and families to the Ohio State University. As part of OSU Extension, the 4-H program takes advantage of resources and research-based education from the university. There is no cost to join 4-H; however, each club may have dues to help cover the cost of club activities and educational materials.
Join 4-H members and adult advisors on February 19 to find out more about Preble County 4-H. Anyone who is unable to attend, can contact Ohio State University Extension at 937-456-8174 to find out how to be a part of the 4-H Program.