4-H members visit Frankfort

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By Roberta Hunt

Approximately 1,000 4-H members from across the state converged on Frankfort for 4-H Capitol Experience day last week.  The day gave 4-H members a chance to not only tour the Capitol but also to visit with their legislators and to see state government in action.

Representing Washington County was 4-H Teen Club president, Mary Kutter and 4-H Teen Club members Megan Hill and David Haydon.  At a very busy time for legislators, both State Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Representative Mike Harmon took time out of their busy schedule to meet with the Washington County 4-H delegation. Representative Harmon answered questions the 4-Her’s had including about the state budget and how it proceeds through the legislature to be passed.

Another highlight of the day was Mary Kutter opening the official 4-H Capitol Experience program held on the Capitol Annex steps by singing the National Anthem and My Old KY Home.  She certainly did Washington County proud!  Also during the program, the 4-Her’s attending Capitol Experience were able to hear Senate President David Williams tell about his 4-H experiences growing up in Cumberland County and also House Speaker Greg Stumbo encouraging the youth to continue their participation in their community.  A representative from the governor’s office welcomed the 4-Her’s to Frankfort.  

Also speaking to the 4-H participants were Dean Scott Smith UK College of Agriculture, Dr. Jimmy Henning, Associate Dean of Extension UK College of Agriculture and Dr. Joe Kurth, Assistant Director of Extension 4-H Youth Development UK College of Agriculture.


A few spots remain open for upcoming 4-H project workshops.  Anyone wishing to sign up for the cooking workshops on March 30 and 31 need to call in their names prior to Friday, March 26, at noon.  There is still room for the April 6 weaving workshop.  4-Her’s and parents can go to the Web site www.campbellfarmwoolart.com to check out Norma Jean Campbell’s art work who is teaching the weaving class.  Also 4-Her’s can still sign up for the May 6 gardening workshop.  Washington County Horticulture Extension Agent, Dennis Morgeson, will be teaching the 4-Her’s about summer and fall gardening, including vegetables and flowers.  Call the extension office at 336-7741 to register and for more information.


4-H members who know they are going to camp this summer will want to get there pre-registration form and deposit in by April 1 to be eligible for the drawing for the $50 Wal-Mart gift certificate.  This is a great way to get supplies needed for camp!  

This year Washington County will be camping June 29 through July 2 at Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp.  The total cost for camp is $140. This year’s camp theme will include science and technology.  Campers will not only get to do traditional camp activities such as swimming, boating, ropes course, archery, etc. but will get to learn more about GPS and complete other science based activities.

Last week at 4-H Capitol Experience Day, Dr. Henning, Associate Dean of Extension announced that all 4-H camps would be getting new beds and mattresses along with other important improvements.

For more information on 4-H Camp,  contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741.