These days we are bombarded with special days and months to honor various causes, and there are so many, it is impossible to keep up with them all. Although we wonder sometimes why recognition of so many days or months have been created, I have found that it helps to remind me of the importance of those causes perhaps to our community, or to our state or our country. During April, we celebrate/honor several causes including Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 24), Kentucky Writers’ Day (April 24) and April as National Poetry Month, Children and Nature Awareness Month and National Garden Month.
If you want to check out more about Earth Day and other environmental issues, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has a great Web site you can visit to learn ways you can save energy and save money too! Go to www.ca.uky.edu/enri/earthday.pho.
The Kentucky Arts Council has a great Web site where you can learn more about Kentucky Writer’s Day and Kentucky’s new Poet Laureate, Gurney Norman that will be inducted on April 24thin the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Frankfort. For in depth information go to http://artscouncil.ky.gov.
Washington County 4-H is one of 18 counties in Extension District 5. District 5 4-H sponsors a 4-H Poetry Contest every year. This year’s Washington County top winners include in the junior category, Morgan Donahue, a fourth grader at Fredericktown Elementary and in the senior category, Brittany Wells, a senior at Washington County High School. Congratulations to each of them for their achievement.
LINCOLN TRAIL VARIETY SHOW
On Saturday, April 18, Washington County 4-H hosted the Lincoln Trail Variety Show at the River of Life Community Church. 4-H members from eight counties participated in the event. Those from Washington County included the 4-H Young Riders Club who won the senior club act competition with their act, “Young Riders Wild West Show.” Club members participating were Michelle Gribbins, Katie Carney, Brittany Wells, Hannah Gibson, Tommy Gibson, Rachel Batt, Samantha Ross and Tyler Adams. Their club leader is Tana Wells. The club is scheduled to perform their act at Renfrow Valley on Saturday, May 30, between 4:30-6:30 p.m. They will also perform at the Kentucky State Fair in August.
In the junior vocal category, Katie Carney received a blue ribbon. In the senior vocal category, Mary Kutter won champion. In the junior theatrical, Tommy and Hannah Harmon won champion and in senior theatrical, Brittany Wells and Samantha Ross won reserve champion.
Thanks to the River of Life for the use of their beautiful facility. Congratulations to all of our Washington County 4-H members who participated.
The 4-H Youth Fair is scheduled for Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, at the extension office. 4-H projects should be brought to extension office on the April 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The exhibits will be open to the public on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 10 a.m. A Rabbit, Poultry and Pet Show will be held with registration at 12 noon and the show at 12:30 p.m. Exhibits should be picked up at the conclusion of door prizes which will be handed out at 1:30 p.m. and all should be picked up by 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The 4-H Fashion Revue will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 6 p.m. at the Marion County Extension Office in Lebanon. Washington and Marion County 4-H members who have completed a sewing project will be modeling their completed outfit. The public is invited to attend.