Autumn is 4-H season |

Autumn is 4-H season

The Union StaffCamille Bigham sits with her projects Amazing Grace, a pygmy goat, and Winthrop, a guide dog in training.
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I am writing this article for any kid who has ever walked through the animal section of the fair and thought, “I want to raise a pig, or a lamb, or a rabbit, or …” Before I became a 4-H member, I thought the people with the animals were very special and mysterious, but the truth is that anyone can join.

4-H is a really great club to participate in because the members have the opportunity to learn different things by joining projects, and you end up making lots of friends. Examples of projects are: raising animals, making models, sewing, cooking, archery, boxing and tons more. 4-H helps kids learn organizational skills, because members have to keep a calendar, attend meetings and make records of accomplishments and activities.

It is a blast exhibiting animals at the fair and showing them off to the public. Since the animals have to be fed every morning, most 4-H kids spend all five days at the fair, and we get a free pass to attend. The kids that raise market animals sell them at the auction on the final day and earn money for their efforts.

The normal ages for belonging to 4-H are 9 to 18 years old, but younger kids can become primary members and raise small animals. Anyone interested in participating can call the county office and 273-4563, or go in and talk in person. The office is in the Veterans Building on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. I hope to meet some new members for the 2002-03 projects!

– Camille Bigham

Member, Kentucky Flat 4-H

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